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
Sydney Airport NSW From 22 April 2020
Freight Operations during Curfew at Gold Coast Airport
More information on these freight operations can be found at https://engage.airservicesaustralia.com/freight-operations-gold-coast-airport
Melbourne Airport VIC 1 to 3 March 2021
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid flight testing at and around Melbourne Airport between Monday 1 March and Wednesday 3 March. Local residents may observe a twin engine aircraft flying a low and unusual flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airport on those days.
Melbourne Airport VIC 1 to 5 March 2021
Due to required runway works the north/south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed on the following times between Monday 1 March and Friday 5 March. All aircraft will operate on the east/west runway during these times.
- Monday 1 March between 03:00 to 09:00
- Tuesday 2 March between 05:25 to 09:00
- Wednesday 3 March between 05:25 to 11:25
- Thursday 4 March between 05:25 to 09:50
- Friday 5 March between 05:25 to 11:25
Avalon and Essendon Airports VIC 4 to 9 March 2021
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid flight testing at and around both Avalon and Essendon Airports between Thursday 4 March and Tuesday 9 March. Local residents may observe a twin engine aircraft flying a low and unusual flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airports on those days.
Brisbane Airport QLD 27 & 28 March 2021
Due to required runway works the legacy runway, Runway 01Right/19Left, will be closed between 6:00am and 6:00pm on both Saturday 27 March and Sunday 28 March. All aircraft operations will occur on the new parallel runway during these times.
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.
Download our latest resources
View the latest fact sheets, reports, and other resources.