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For those living closest to the airport, aircraft noise can be disruptive. London Stansted has a long-term aim and commitment to manage, and reduce where possible, the effects of aircraft noise on our local communities. Our track record in reducing the size of our noise footprint, despite the airport's ongoing growth, continues to reflect best practice.
This year, Stansted Airport has worked with our operators to increase the number of aircrafts using satellite navigation technology to fly our departure routes more accurately. Performance Based Navigation (PBN) has enabled aircraft to follow the centre line of the departure route, reducing the number of people directly overflown on two of our flight paths by 85%. In addition, in response to community feedback regarding helicopter operations, changes were made to published routing instructions to avoid overflight of particular areas. This involved working collaboratively with our based helicopter operators, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and our local communities.
Throughout this process, we have created frequent opportunities to meet directly with our local communities; hosting meetings, discussions and Q&A’s between local residents and relevant staff to ensure our local stakeholders’ concerns are taken into consideration wherever possible.
We take special care to make sure that the noise produced by our runways, and the airport in general, doesn't disturb the surrounding area. Here are a few things we do to make sure everything is kept as quiet as possible:
London Stansted airport has one runway however wind direction dictates which end of the runway operates at any one time. In general, runway 22 (southwesterly) operates around 70% of the time however this can vary considerably month to month.
Unlike departures there are no set flight paths for arriving aircraft.
Departing aircraft must follow one of six initial flight paths known as Noise Preferential Routes (NPR’s) until they have reached a minimum height.
London Stansted Airport operates 24 hours a day. There are, however, specific regulations and restrictions around night flights.
If you have noticed an aircraft following an unusual course, it could be a go-around.
When airports are busy, there can be a build-up of aircraft waiting to land. A stack is a fixed circling pattern in which aircraft fly while they wait to land.
The movement of freight is vital supporting economic growth. Stansted is the second largest London airport transporting cargo into and out of the UK.
Helicopter operations at London Stansted airport are a daily occurrence.
If you live very close to the airport you may hear noise from aircraft that are still on the ground
There are four main tiers of regulation which govern aircraft noise in the UK
View our Noise Performance data here.