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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 (south westerly) operates around 70% of the time however this can vary considerably month to month.


Arrival & Departure maps

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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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Night flights

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

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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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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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