London City Airport finally launches its Noise Action Plan


London City Airport has launched a 16 week public consultation on its draft noise
action plan.   During the consultation period, local communities, councils and
other stakeholders will be invited to comment on the airport’s draft plan. The
consultation will commence on 28 September 2009 and conclude on 15 January 2010.

The noise action plan has been drafted to manage the issues of noise arising
from London City Airport’s operations over the next five years.

Download Draft Noise Action Plan

Commenting on the launch of the consultation, Richard Gooding OBE, chief executive
of London City Airport, said "The airport already has an extensive noise mitigation
scheme in place with strict restrictions on operating hours, restricted use of
aircraft types and a sound insulation scheme that has the lowest trigger of any
airport in the UK. The control measures proposed in the noise action plan will
enable the airport to work closer with its neighbouring communities over the next
five years."

London City Airport has drafted its noise action plan in response to a directive
published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The
directive requires airport operators to prepare draft noise action plans designed
to manage noise issues arising from aircraft departing from and arriving at airports.

Upon conclusion of the public consultation, London City Airport will collate
and consider all responses to the noise action plan.

Consultation responses can be submitted electronically – click here.

Alternatively please post your response to:

Kellie Heath

London City Airport

City Aviation House

Royal Docks


E16 2PB

Download/Print Noise Action Plan Questionnaire

Download Summary of Draft Noise Action Plan

 If you have any queries, please email



Commenting Fight the Flights said that it is   interesting to note at the outset
that London City Airport (LCA) has ignored the aim of the END (Environmental Noise
Directive) Objective which is "to define a common approach intended to avoid, prevent or reduce on a prioritized basis the harmful effects, including annoyance, due to exposure to environmental noise".  

In contrast, the introduction to the NAP states that it "has been drafted to
manage the issues of noise arising from London City Airport’s operations over the next
five years".

The LCA NAP Conclusions claim "an assessment has found that the environmental
noise impact of existing operations at the airport …and the proposed increase
in aircraft movements to 120,000, subject to the implementation of the measures
described in Section 5.4 of the Noise Action Plan, are acceptable."     So it’s
business as usual.   Section 5.4 does not contain any actions with any measurable
and timetabled outputs that would avoid, prevent or reduce noise.


Fight the  Flights will be going through the NAP and assessing it in detail over
the coming weeks.