Managing Aircraft Noise
We need to cater for the changing nature of aircraft operations, air traffic growth, airport expansion and advances in aviation technology, while keeping aviation safety as our first priority.
This requires a careful balance of ensuring safety, operational efficiency, protecting the environment and minimising the effects of aviation noise on the community, wherever practicable.
We hear you
Making a complaint
We manage complaints and enquiries about aircraft noise and operations through our Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS). NCIS is the Australian aviation industry’s main interface on aircraft noise and related issues for the community.
Temporary changes in operations
Adelaide Airport SA 22 July to 9 August 2022
Due to required runway and taxiway works at the airport the main runway, Runway 05/23, will be closed most nights during curfew hours between Friday 22 July and Tuesday 9 August, commencing at 11:00pm on Friday 22 July. Runway 12/30 will remain in use while Runway 05/23 is closed; Runway 05/23 will not be closed on Sunday 24 July, Sunday 31 July or Sunday 7 August.
Further works will occur at the airport between 7 July and 13 August which may affect runway selection.
Melbourne Airport VIC 6 to 9 July 2022
Due to required runway works the east/west runway at Melbourne Airport, Runway 09/27, will closed each day between 10:00am and 4:00pm commencing at 10:00am on Wednesday 6 July and finishing at 4:00pm on Saturday 9 July. All aircraft will operate on the north/south runway during these times.
Adelaide Airport SA 21 June to 8 July 2022
Due to required works at the airport the main runway, Runway 05/23, will be closed most nights during curfew hours between 21 June and 8 July, commencing at 11:00pm on Tuesday 21 June and finishing at 6:00am on Friday 8 July. Runway 12/30 will remain in use while Runway 05/23 is closed; Runway 05/23 will not be closed on Sunday 26 June and Sunday 3 July.
Further taxiway works will occur at the airport between 20 June and 24 July, which may affect runway selection.
Melbourne Airport VIC 20 June to 11 July 2022
Due to required runway works the north/south runway at Melbourne Airport, Runway 16/34, will be closed between 1:45am and 5:15am each early Monday morning commencing on Monday 20 June at 1:45am and finishing on Monday 11 July at 5:15am. All aircraft will operate on the east/west runway each Monday during these times.
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport NSW
Due to flood damage the medical response helicopter that normally operates out of Lismore has now been relocated to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport for approximately six months. The helicopter operations may occur at any time of the day or night and local residents may notice an increase during this time.
We provide information about airport operations, including flight paths, movements, runways, aircraft noise monitoring, investigations and complaints.
Monitoring and reporting
Aircraft noise monitoring
We undertake long term aircraft noise monitoring at major Australian airports through the world’s largest, most geographically spread system of its type. We also undertake and report on short term aircraft noise monitoring.
Frequently asked Questions
How low can aircraft operate?
What is ground running?
Can I suggest a noise improvement?
- Community Aviation Consultation Groups (CACG) at airports that have a CACG
- Our Noise Complaints and Information Service
We assess community initiated noise improvements for safety, feasibility and environmental impacts. Visit Engage Airservices to engage with our program of flight path and airspace changes.
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