Gatwick Airport has revealed it will give residents most affected by noise from a second runway an annual compensation of around £1,000.
The compensation offered would be the equivalent to a Band A council tax and made available if and when the runway became operational.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “Expansion at Gatwick would, without doubt, deliver many upsides for our local community in terms of jobs and investment.
“But we must also recognise the negative noise impacts on local people from more flights. Gatwick’s location obviously means that comparatively fewer people would be affected by a new runway. However, I believe we must do more to help those that would be affected.”
Mr Wingate estimated that as many as 4,100 households could qualify for this scheme.
He said: “How we best compensate communities affected by major infrastructure projects is an issue facing a growing number of sectors - from aviation to energy.
“Our proposal would see the people most affected by expansion at Gatwick receiving monetary compensation.
“Under the scheme, we are pledging £1,000 towards Council Tax for qualifying households in the local area, if and when a second runway became operational.”