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

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Temporary changes in operations

Gold Coast Airport QLD 30 August to 30 September 2020

Due to required works at the Gold Coast Airport, the main runway, Runway 14/32, will be closed each night from 8:00pm through to 6:00am the following morning, from Sunday 30 August to Wednesday 30 September.

Canberra Airport ACT from April 2020

Due to a decline in air traffic operating at Canberra Airport as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the airport operator has decided to close Runway 12/30 from Friday 3 April, for the foreseeable future. All aircraft will operate on Runway 17/35 during this time.

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.

Williamtown and Singleton NSW 28 September to 17 October 2020

Defence aircraft, F/A-18, Hawk and PC21 will conducting air to ground strike activities in the Singleton/Williamtown areas. High speed jet aircraft will conducting random manoeuvring at low levels. No planned activities on the weekends and public holiday.

Gold Coast Airport QLD 25 September 2020

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid and safety checks on the ILS approach for Runway 14 at the Gold Coast Airport on Friday 25 September. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airport on this day.

Melbourne Airport VIC 28 September 2020

Due to required works at the airport the north /south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed on Monday 28 September from 1:35am to 5:35am. All operations will use the east /west runway during this time.

Melbourne Airport VIC 1 October 2020

Due to required works at the airport the east /west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed on Thursday 1 October from 7.30am to 3:00pm. A drone may be observed operating over the area. All aircraft will operate on the north /south runway during this 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.


Guide to our operations booklet

October, 2019