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Our noise strategy

We support the government’s ambition for aviation to limit and where possible reduce the number of people in the UK significantly affected by aircraft noise.

We can’t eliminate the noise caused by planes flying in and out of Heathrow, but we can manage it responsibly and reduce the impact on the local community as much as possible

Our strategic objective for aircraft noise is:

"To limit aircraft noise impacts and gain the trust of our stakeholders that we are using best practicable means to achieve this goal, and to continue this approach into the future, within the framework established by government."

Our Noise Action Plan is a technical document which sets out how Heathrow will manage and mitigate the impacts of aircraft noise over the next five years:

  • Quieter planes. Incentivising airlines to use modern, quieter planes
  • Quieter procedures. Encouraging the quietest practicable take-off and landing procedures
  • Operating restrictions. Fewer planes after 11 and quieter planes in the early morning
  • Mitigating noise and land use. Effective noise insulation schemes and influencing planning to minimize the number of noise-sensitive properties around the airport.
  • Working with local communities. Reflecting the community’s concerns in our noise strategies and communications.

We are currently in the process of developing a new Noise Action Plan for the period 2019-2023.

You can find more information about our Noise Action Plan here.

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