Darwin International Airport is located within the city of Darwin, in the Northern Territory, and is a joint civil-military aerodrome.
Darwin International Airport has noise abatement procedures in place which include preferred runway and preferred tracking directions. Additional noise abatement procedures apply specifically to the operation of fighter jet aircraft. Darwin International Airport is a military-controlled airport for which Airservices holds no detailed flight track data.
Darwin arrivals and departures
Airservices and Defence recently performed a regular review of the changes that were made in 2015 and identified some minor adjustments that are required to ensure the highest level of safety assurance is achieved and that aircraft are managed as efficiently as possible. These changes will come into effect on 26 May 2016.
Community aviation consultation group
The Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) is the primary forum for community engagement with airport management and other industry stakeholders. It is independently-chaired and meets three times per year. The purpose of the CACG is to ensure community views are heard by the airport and to provide members of the community with an opportunity to obtain information about airport operations.
Airservices attends and actively engages in the Darwin CACG regarding changes to procedures or operations and to assist in discussions. Airservices is committed to identifying potential noise improvement opportunities at all airports around Australia.
Noise management is controlled by aircraft noise abatement procedures and routine aircraft noise monitoring undertaken by Darwin International Airport and the Department of Defence. Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin manages a toll-free noise enquiry hotline for any community complaints regarding military aircraft. Darwin International Airport and RAAF Base Darwin work in partnership to respond to any public concerns.
Military aircraft noise complaints: Defence hotline – 1800 555 478
Civilian aircraft noise complaints: Airservices Australia hotline – 1800 802 584