A contractors guide to working at Gatwick

Working at Gatwick

Anyone carrying out work at the airport must have the necessary permits or permission to do so. Our Contractors Guide to Gatwick has a handy flowchart which shows you everything you'll need to do.

Once you have completed all registrations, accreditation and required training, you'll receive access to work in our secure airport areas.

Find more detailed information on working at Gatwick:

For further information or assistance please contact the Gatwick Contractor Support Centre on 01293 502112 or email: csc@gatwickairport.com

1. Register for an ID 2. Register on AIRDAT 3. Provide Accreditation

Our ID centre issues ID passes to work at Gatwick. They help companies and individuals through the formal process.

You will be set up as members of the ID Scheme, regardless of whether you have been awarded a contract to work at Gatwick or not. This is done via a system called MTrust.

Find out more about the ID Centre

You'll need to:

  • Apply for staff ID cards
  • Get licenses for company vehicles

We use AIRDAT for training, Airside Driving Permits, and applications for an Airside Operators Licence (AOL)

Registering your company with AIRDAT will allow you to manage and book various training courses for your staff, including the Gatwick Induction, Asbestos Awareness and Fire Training, which are mandatory for those coming to work onsite.

Register for AIRDAT

AIRDAT is a portal to register your company and staff for access to our Permit to Work System.

You'll need to:

We recognise that many Gatwick based companies require the use of contractors, suppliers and specialist companies to work at our airport.

All contractors must have Safecontractor accreditation. This ensures all contractors working on site are compliant with current legislation and able to operate in a safe and responsible manner.

Register for Safecontractor

You'll need to:

During the registration process please ensure that you are added to the Gatwick contractors list.

Find out more about

Applying for a Crane Permit

You'll need to apply for a permit if you plan to operate a crane or large construction equipment within 6km of the airport.

Apply for a crane permit

Applying for a drone permit

Using a drone within 5km of the airport is restricted. Find out more about flying a drone safetly and applying for permission to fly in the restricted area.

Read more on drone safety

our Aerodrome Safeguarding

We actively work with local planning authorities to ensure that our aerodrome is safe for the aircraft taking off, landing, or flying in the area.

Read our safeguarding policy