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Noise In Your Area

If you live near to London Stansted, or are thinking of moving to the area, this section of the website provides valuable information about flight tracks and aircraft noise.


Hertford and Ware Runway 04 Night Time Arrival Trial

The aim of this trial, which was suggested by the Airport's Noise and Track Keeping Working Group (NTKWG) following community feedback, was to reduce the number of arriving aircraft that overfly Hertford, Ware and Hoddesdon during the night between 23:30 and 06:00.  

London Stansted supported the proposal on a trial basis as part of the airport's commitment to working with local communities to help reduce the environmental impact of flight operations where possible.

The trial, which ran from 1st March 2013 to 30th April 2013, was also supported by NATS and the Department for Transport (DfT).

View the trial results and analysis here (PDF 12.4MB)

Thinking of moving to the area?

Are you moving to an area near the airport? Do you want to know if or how a local community is affected by aircraft noise?

If so, this part of the website will provide you with some useful information. By clicking on the links below you can find out information about the areas where you live or work and understand how departing and arriving aircraft could affect you.

If you would like a detailed understanding of how noise affects your individual property please contact the Noise Communications Team.

Arrivals and departure maps

Every two years the airport requests the Civil Aviation Authority to produce maps which show where aircraft fly when coming into, and departing from, the airport.  The maps show actual aircraft tracks as recorded over a 24 hour period for 92 consecutive days during the summer (peak season), our busiest time of year. The tracks are shown in three different colours, representing the descending and ascending heights of aircraft.  The maps also show clearly the 3km wide flight paths (noise preferential routes) for departing aircraft.

2013 Maps

Departing on Easterly Noise Preferential Routes (6,358KB PDF)

Departing on Westerly Noise Preferential Routes (6,741KB PDF)

Arriving towards the North East (7,622KB PDF)

Arriving towards the South West (5,942KB PDF)


2011 Maps

Departing on Easterly Noise Preferential Routes (2,835KB PDF)

Departing on Westerly Noise Preferential Routes (2,752KB PDF)

Arriving towards the North East (3,259KB PDF)


2009 Maps

Departing on Easterly Noise Preferential Routes (2,108KB PDF)

Departing on Westerly Noise Preferential Routes (2,047KB PDF)

Arriving towards the North East (2,506KB PDF)

Arriving towards the South West (2,292KB PDF)


2007 Maps

Departing on Easterly Noise Preferential Routes (4,079KB PDF)

Departing on Westerly Noise Preferential Routes (3,992KB PDF)

Arriving towards the North East (4,596KB PDF)

Arriving towards the South West (4,478KB PDF)


2005 Maps

Departing on Easterly Noise Preferential Routes (3,586KB PDF)

Departing on Westerly Noise Preferential Routes (3,398KB PDF)

Arriving towards the North East (1,916KB PDF)

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Noise contours

Each year the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) calculates the noise exposure around London Stansted Airport on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT).  A computer model uses noise data to to produce an estimated noise exposure surrounding the airport. The model also  calculates the emission and propagation of noise from both arriving and departing air traffic.

View the latest CAA report for London Stansted 

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Local flight restrictions

At London Stansted, there are a few local operating procedures that aircraft are requested to follow.  

Pilots should avoid flying over the centre of Bishop's Stortford, unless for safety reasons.  They should also avoid flying over Sawbridgeworth and Stansted Mountfitchet at heights below 2,500ft above sea level.  Aircraft must also avoid flying over St Elizabeth’s Centre, Much Hadham at a height lower than 4,000ft above sea level.

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Noise monitoring reports

In order to respond to community concerns about aircraft noise, London Stansted has a number of mobile community noise monitors. We work with community representatives to agree on where these are best deployed in response to community concerns. These monitors capture all noise in the vicinity for a three month period, and by analysing the actual tracks of Stansted’s aircraft movements for that same period, we can identify the noise that relates to a Stansted aircraft movement and noise that does not. All this work is carried out by an independent noise consultant who compile a report on the findings. These mobile noise monitor reports are given to the relevant Council for each area, as well as the local MP.  London Stansted has a rolling program of sites where the monitors are placed and this enables us to establish trends in noise levels within the local community.

Our most recent reports commissioned are:

Wareside (2006)

Wareside (2013) 

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Ground noise

Those living or working very close to the airport may hear noise from aircraft that are still on the ground. Unlike the noise limits that apply to departing aircraft, there are no limits on other sources of noise that originate from the airport. However, at London Stansted we recognise the importance that the interests of the local community are taken into account.

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Aviation fuel odour

London Stansted had monitored, reported on and managed air quality for over a decade and has well established processes and procedures in place. The air quality monitoring around the airport shows that it is well within the regulatory EU air quality limits. The trend for air quality around London Stansted has been one of continual improvement.

If you believe you are experiencing aviation fuel odour problems, we'd like to hear from you and we'll work with Uttlesford District Council's Environmental Health team to investigate your complaint.

Report your fuel odour complaint

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Noise insulation scheme

London Stansted provide mitigation measures for aircraft noise impacts in the local community by the provision of acoustic insulation for properties. This includes:

  • Offer households subject to high levels of noise (69dBA Leq or more) assistance with the costs of relocating; and
  • Offer acoustic insulation (applied to residential properties) to other noise-sensitive buildings, such as schools and hospitals, exposed to medium to high levels of noise (63dBA Leq or more).

Of the 1,044 qualifying properties for noise insulation, 517 properties (c.50%) have taken up the scheme and London Stansted has provided in excess of £1.4 million of noise insulation since the scheme began in 2004.

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Wake vortex damage

Although at London Stansted this is an extremely rare occurrence, we do have a published policy which explains the procedures and support available to those who believe their property may have been damaged by a vortex strike.

Wake Vortex Policy (49KB PDF) 

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Can't find what you're looking for?

We hope that our dedicated section of the website for noise provides answers to all the possible questions you may have.  However, if you can't find what you're looking for, we'd like to hear from you.

Contact the airport with a noise enquiry

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London Stansted Airport Escape Lounge