Heathrow delivers significant benefits for the UK, but there are downsides too, including the impact of noise on local residents.
Heathrow is already at the forefront of international management of aircraft noise and continues to work hard to reduce its impact by encouraging quieter aircraft and operating procedures and supporting local communities with noise insulation and compensation programmes.
Reduce the impact of noise and support local communities with noise mitigation and compensation schemes.
100% aircraft are quieter by international standards (ICAO Chapter 4 or better) by 2020
The proportion of ICAO Chapter 4 aircraft operating at Heathrow remains at 99.2% in 2015
0 breaches of current daytime noise limit by 2015 and a reduction in night infringements from 2006-2015
In 2015 there were 9 breaches of daytime noise limits and 27 night infringements
Deliver and engage communities in effective noise insulation schemes each year
In 2015, 767 households responded to our engagement in relation to noise insulation schemes.
Improve community perception that Heathrow is doing all it can to manage noise annually
The number of individual noise complainants decreased from 8,458 people in 2014 to 5,573 in 2015.
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Performance as at January 2014
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