ENVIRONMENT AND NOISE
We are proud of the contribution that City Airport gives to the local Community, providing leisure and commercial activities, creating employment opportunities on the airport and supporting local charities and schools through various initiatives. We are also aware that the operation of any airport brings an environmental impact to local communities.
It is our aim to take account of the interests of those who live near to the airfield, and to residents further afield. Within the rules and procedures of our operations and developments of any aspect of the airfield careful consideration is made to minimise any impact.
City Airport operates procedures and policies which are designed to keep any noise disruption to our local community to a minimum.
These include the following initiatives:
Selection of Runway in use to reduce Noise Impact
Strict control over certain types of flights
Limitations on Operating Hours (Certain limited helicopter flights may be permitted outside normal hours subject to strict procedures)
Please note that Military aircraft are covered by different rules to civil aircraft. If you wish to complain about military aircraft noise you need to contact the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Aircraft noise is not currently a statutory nuisance in the UK. It is not covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or the Noise Act 1996. This means that local authorities do not have the legal power to take action on matters of aircraft noise, and nor does the Civil Aviation Authority have the legal power to prevent aircraft flying over a particular location or at a particular time for environmental reasons.
Further information about Aircraft Noise can be found on the Civil Aviation Authority website
It is recognised that Aircraft are a source of emissions which can harm the environment. However, current levels of aircraft movements are vary around 40,000 to 60,000 a year, which equates to around 15,000 to 25,000 actual fights. This has not changed significantly in over ten years.
The airport supports new aircraft technology which brings reductions in airborne pollution and we are committed to reducing emissions at the airport, in partnership with aircraft operators.
The location of the airport, close to major motorway networks (which carry over 453 million cars a year, means that levels of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and unburned fuel generated by aircraft using City Airport are relatively low compared to vehicle emissions in the surrounding area.
Environmental issues are discussed and monitored at meetings of the airport’s consultative committee.