Managing Aircraft Noise

Our commitment

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.

Community tools

View WebTrak

Learn about aircraft in your neighbourhood

Learn about aircraft operations


Temporary changes in operations

Sunshine Coast Airport QLD From Sunday 14 June 2020

The Sunshine Coast Airport’s new runway opens on Sunday 14 June 2020. New flight paths will also be operational from 14 June 2020 and will change the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport. Further information can be found at the Airservices Engage website.

Sydney Airport NSW From 22 April 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sydney Airport will temporarily use the east-west runway (07/25) to park grounded aircraft from 22 April 2020. The parallel north-south runways will remain available for continued operations. Further information can be found at the Sydney Airport website.

Freight Operations during Curfew at Gold Coast Airport

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has  granted permission to Qantas Freight to operate a maximum of four weekly freighter services to and from Gold Coast Airport on behalf of Australia Post during the curfew period.

The operations are approved for the period 5 October 2020 to 25 June 2021.

More information on these freight operations can be found at

Adelaide Airport SA 24 to 25 November 2020

Due to required runway works at the airport, the main runway, Runway 05/23, will be closed from 11:00pm on Tuesday 24 November to 6:00am on Wednesday 25 November. Aircraft will operate on Runway 12/30 during this time.

Melbourne Airport VIC 24 to 27 November 2020

Due to required runway maintenance on Runway 09/27, the east/west runway will be closed between 7:00am and 4:00pm each day from Tuesday 24 November to Friday 27 November. Aircraft will operate on the north/south runway during these times.

Melbourne Airport VIC 30 November to 4 December 2020


Melbourne Airport VIC 30 November to 4 December 2020

Due to required runway works on the north/south runway at Melbourne Airport, Runway 16/34 will be closed at various times between Monday 30 November and Friday 4 December as shown below. During these times aircraft will operate on the east/west runway.

  • Monday 30 November starting at 3:00am to 11:25am
  • Tuesday 1 December starting at 5:25am to 9:50am
  • Wednesday 2 December starting at 5:25am to 11:25am
  • Thursday 3 December starting at 5:25am to 9:50am
  • Friday 4 December starting at 5:25am to 11:25am

Should Runway 16/34 be required for use due to weather or other circumstances during these times, works will instead be carried out on the east/west runway, Runway 09/27. These may occur between 7:00am and 4:00pm on Monday 30 November through to Friday 4 December. Melbourne Airport will only be closing one runway at a time.


Access our

Airport gateway

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.


Always improving

Our key initiatives

  • We undertake noise improvement investigations across Australia
  • We have launched Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood portals for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Airports
  • We have upgraded the Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood portal for Sydney Airport

Frequently asked Questions

How low can aircraft operate?

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority have regulations for how low aircraft can fly. These regulations require pilots fly no lower than 1,000 feet (ft) over built-up areas, or 500 feet over any other areas, unless they are landing or taking off. Aircraft may be able to fly below these heights in certain situations. More information is available on the CASA website.

What is ground running?

Ground running is when an aircraft engine is tested at the airport while the aircraft is stationary on the ground. Airports are responsible for managing ground running and taking complaints about noise generated by ground running activities. More information about ground running is available on your local airport website.

Can I suggest a noise improvement?


Download our latest resources

View the latest fact sheets, reports, and other resources.


Airservices Flight Path Design Principles

September, 2020

Community Engagement Framework Overview

August, 2020

Commitment to Community Engagement

August, 2020