Gatwick Airport

Gatwick airport has been designated by the Government as a Coordinated airport under the EU slot Regulation.

Airport Opening Hours
Gatwick airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round.

ACL provides services from 0900 to 1700 UK local time, on weekdays only (excluding public holidays), and the coordination team can be contacted as follows:

Coordinator Contact Details


ACL Out of Hours Coverage
Outside normal office hours (evenings, weekends, public holidays), service is provided by the airport operator.

Please note – the Out of Hours service will only deal with short term ad-hoc schedule changes and new requests.  All other changes must be submitted to ACL during normal office hours.

The contact numbers for Out of Hours assistance at Gatwick are shown below:            



Cover Provided By Telephone No. Fax No. / E-mail
Apron Control +44 (0)1293 503 089 / 221 +44 (0)1293 505 149 / 203



Local Guidelines
Article 8(5) of the slot Regulation enables additional rules and guidelines for the coordination of airports to be established by the air transport industry or the Coordination Committee to deal with specific scheduling problems and issues, provided such rules

  • do not affect the independence of the Coordinator
  • comply with Community law
  • improve the efficient use of the airport.

At the airports served by ACL a number of Local Rules have been developed and agreed by the Coordination Committees to deal with specific scheduling issues.

Local Guideline 1
The Coordination Committee at Gatwick has agreed a local rule to deal with the allocation and distribution of Night Movements and Night Noise Quota to comply with limitations on night operations set by the UK Government.  To view full details, please click here.

Local Guideline 3
This guideline deals with the procedures for urgent or time-critical operations.  To view full details, please click here.

Local Guideline 4
This guideline deals with the consequences of late hand-back of slots.  To view full details, please click here.

Local Guideline 5
This guideline deals with the allocation of ad-hoc slots.  To view full details, please click here.


Airport Committees
A number of committees have been formed to deal with various scheduling and coordination Issues.

The Constitutions, Terms of Reference and, in some cases, Minutes of some of these committees are available in the ACL Reference Library.

At Gatwick the major committees are the Coordination Committee and the Scheduling Committee. 

Seasonal Reports
For each scheduling season ACL publishes a seasonal report containing details of the slots requested and allocated and the utilisation of airport capacity and infrastructure.

The Seasonal Report is normally published around the start of each season.

Copies of the seasonal reports for Gatwick can be downloaded from the Reports / Statistics section.

The reports are in either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed, you can download it from Adobe´s web site


Capacity Declaration