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  • The Government sets the noise limits on departing aircraft and gives Heathrow the power to set and issue fines for breaches of those limits. Noise is measured at fixed monitors around Heathrow. Departures are continually monitored and if an aircraft creates more noise than is allowed, the airline is fined. As part of Heathrow's Noise Action Plan 2019-2023, we have committed to publishing the total and individual fines levied on airlines for night time and day time noise limit infringements each year. Below is a list of noise fines as well as a table showing how Heathrow calculates fines. 

    The Government also requires Heathrow to direct all money raised from departure noise infringements to community funds. In accordance with our Noise Action Plan we will continue to direct this money to the Heathrow Community Trust (HCT), an independent grant-making charity, to distribute to community projects in the Heathrow airport area – in the last year, these have included projects to support those most significantly impacted by Covid-19.

    More information on the Heathrow Community Trust can be found here. This site includes an interactive map displaying all community projects funded by the HCT in recent years. We will continue to update this map as new projects are funded. 

    The Noise Action Plan sets out how Heathrow plans to manage and reduce the impact of aircraft noise over a five-year period. It goes beyond the requirement of European legislation by considering actions which will manage ground and air noise for all those communities affected. The Noise Action Plan can be found here.

    Departure Noise Infringement Fines in 2019
    Time period Date Airline Aircraft Fine (£)
    Night 03/03/19 British Airways Airbus A380 20,000
    Shoulder 12/06/19 Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 1,500
    Night 17/06/19 British Airways Boeing 747 12,000
    Night 03/10/19 Qantas Airbus A380 4,000
    Night 10/10/19 British Airways Boeing 747 8,000
    Departure Noise Infringement Fines in 2020
    Time period Date Airline Aircraft Fine (£)
    Night 03/01/20 British Airways Airbus A380 4,000
    Shoulder 20/12/20 ATG Boeing 747 1,500
    How Heathrow Calculates Departure Noise Infringement Fines

     

      Time period Decibel limit Fine per decibel (£)
    Day 7am-11pm 94 500
    Shoulder 11pm-11:30pm and 6am-7am 89 1,500
    Night 11:30pm-6am 87 4,000