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Noise

Noise Policy at London Stansted Airport

Noise

If you live or work near an airport, there will almost certainly be times when you hear aircraft.

Here at London Stansted we are committed to being a good neighbour and we continually work with airlines, National Air Traffic Services (NATS), local Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Government agencies to do as much as possible to minimise the noise impact on the local community.

The noise section of our website is designed to help give a better understanding of the various aspects of aircraft noise by giving clear and factual information.

Noise Overview

This section of the website provides valuable information about the sources and causes of noise.

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Noise Action Plan

A Noise Action Plan is a five-year plan to assess, consider and manage aircraft noise at the airport. It is a key part of delivering broader UK Government noise objectives that are to limit and, where possible, reduce the number of people in the UK significantly affected by aircraft noise. Noise Action Plans are a legal requirement under European Union Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise. This Directive is commonly referred to as the Environmental Noise Directive or END. The requirements of the END are transposed by the UK Government in the Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 as amended (“the Regulations”).

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Monitoring Noise

Aircraft noise is recorded at take off by our fixed noise monitors which are located underneath the departure flight paths. 

In addition we also have mobile noise monitoring equipment which is used to measure the noise levels in the communities close to the airport and assess how the impact may have changed over time.

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Investigating Aircraft Noise In Your Area

Self investigate a noise disturbance or contact the noise team.

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Who Does What?

There are numerous bodies, organisations and companies that play a part in working with the airport to mitigate and reduce the impacts of aircraft related noise.

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Departure Track Keeping Trial - Improving Performance

Through feedback from local communities, we have developed with the CAA, NATS and the Airport Consultative Committee, an innovative departure track keeping trial called RNP1. This is a first for any UK Airport. The aim of the trial is to fly turns more accurately on departure to reduce the usual spread of tracks within the 3km wide departure corridor. The report is based on the first 18 months of data from those aircraft that were permitted to fly the RNP1 departures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

View our FAQ's here.

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NATS Flight Path Consultation

Air traffic control provider, NATS, completed a 12-week consultation which garnered the views and opinion on the public in an effort to modernise, simplify and make the airpace around Stansted Airport as efficient as possible.

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