The FINANCIAL -- London Stansted has launched a public consultation on its draft Noise Action Plan (NAP) setting out the airport’s approach to managing aircraft noise and reducing its impact on the local community.
The five-year action plan – the third for London Stansted – looks to build on the extensive progress that has already been made in managing the effects of aircraft noise on local people and proposes a range of new measures, including:
Further restricting the use of the noisiest types of aircraft that can operate at night
Proposing stricter penalties for noisy aircraft
Looking to implement further improvements to the flying accuracy of aircraft using our departure routes.
Since the publication of the first NAP in 2011 the number of people within Stansted’s noise contours has reduced, even though the airport has returned to significant growth. This is largely due to the introduction of new, quieter aircraft – Stansted’s fleet of aircraft is one of the most modern in Europe. Other measures that have reduced the impact of noise includes the introduction of satellite navigation to further improve aircraft track keeping.
The draft Plan considers the airport’s future growth whilst also assessing potential associated noise disturbance to communities living near Stansted. It also explores the likely benefits of new aircraft technology and operating procedures, plus, where necessary, the introduction of enhanced noise controls and tracking capabilities.