Heathrow: Aircraft noise | Reduction and mitigation
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Working towards a quieter Heathrow

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Heathrow Noise Action Plan Contours 2014 – 25 September 2015

An independent report published on 22nd September 2015 shows a significant reduction in the area and number of homes affected by noise from Heathrow’s operations. Analysis from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), commissioned by Heathrow as part of their on-going Noise Action Plan commitments, shows that average noise contours annually are smaller than they have been since 2006. More information can be found here.

Welcome to Heathrow's aircraft noise website

We know that as well as bringing huge benefits to the UK, an airport the size and importance of Heathrow has downsides for people living nearby, in particular the challenge of aircraft noise.

Heathrow is at the forefront of international efforts to tackle noise. As a result, even though the number of planes has gone up, Heathrow's noise footprint has shrunk considerably over the past few decades. But despite these efforts we know that noise remains an issue. We are committed to addressing it and to reduce the impact of noise on residents.

This site explains Heathrow’s operations including information on flights paths and the rules governing the airport. You can track flights on maps, make a noise complaint and find out what we’re doing to make Heathrow quieter. You’ll also find information on future plans including potential airspace changes.

Talk to the Community Relations team

0800 344844


Modernising airspace

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A Quieter Heathrow

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Find out how we are making Heathrow quieter.

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