Airservices Australia calls for community feedback on new Noise Action Plan for Brisbane flightpath options

Aerial photograph of Brisbane airport runways at dusk

Airservices Australia is inviting the community to have its say on proposed, new flightpath options at the second round of Noise Action Plan for Brisbane community engagement sessions being held across Brisbane this August.

Residents can register here to attend the 14 drop-in sessions across the city, as well as two online sessions. Community feedback is open until 10 September.

The sessions will outline Airservices’ second set of proposed flightpath options to be developed over the next two years, including: increasing flights over Moreton Bay, reducing the impact of night-time operations and decreasing the concentration of flights over some communities. See Fact Sheets here for full details.

Airservices’ first proposed new flightpath option is to make Simultaneous Opposite Direction Parallel Runway Operations (SODPROPS) the priority mode 24/7, instead of only night-time use. SODPROPS enable aircraft to both arrive and depart over Moreton Bay when conditions, such as weather and traffic volume, safely allow.

Another proposed flightpath option addresses the impact of night-time operations on communities to the north and north-west of Brisbane Airport, offering noise-sharing alternatives to provide periods of relief. This is in direct response to Trax International’s recommendations and community feedback that aircraft-noise impacts should be shared across the city.

Where feasible, Airservices has designed options to travel over less-populated areas of green space, but it is not possible to avoid all communities.

Airservices Australia Chief Executive Officer Jason Harfield said any proposed flightpath changes would be subject to extensive community engagement prior to implementation.

“I encourage the community to attend our drop-in engagement sessions and tell us what they think,” Mr Harfield said.

“Airservices wants to ensure it is a transparent process, which demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to improving noise outcomes for the Brisbane community, where safe and operationally feasible.

“We look forward to hearing the community’s feedback on these latest flightpath options for Brisbane.”

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Airservices Australia is responsible for the safe and efficient management of 11 per cent of the world’s airspace and the provision of aviation rescue fire fighting services at Australia’s busiest airports. We connect people with their world safely – linking family and friends, generating economic activity, creating jobs and facilitating trade and tourism.


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