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Noise Overview

An overview of noise at Stansted Airport

Noise Overview

 

Runway Direction

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.

Arriving Aircraft

Unlike departures, there are no set flight paths for arriving aircraft. 

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Departing 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.

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Arrival & Departure Maps

Click here to find a list of maps tracking arrivals and departures >

Night Flights

London Stansted Airport operates 24 hours a day. There are, however, specific regulations and restrictions around night flights.

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Go-arounds

If you have noticed an aircraft following an unusual course, it could be a go-around. 

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Holding Stacks

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.

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Cargo Operations

The movement of freight is vital supporting economic growth.  Stansted is the second largest London airport transporting cargo into and out of the UK.

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Helicopters

Helicopter operations at London Stansted airport are a daily occurrence.

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Ground Noise

If you live very close to the airport you may hear noise from aircraft that are still on the ground

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Legal Framework

There are four main tiers of regulation which govern aircraft noise in the UK

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Noise Performance

View our Noise Performance data here. 

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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 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.

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View the latest CAA report for London Stansted >

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.

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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.

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