What is this about?

Before April 2017 ...

Before April 2017, aircraft departing from Newcastle Airport to the west were dispersed across a wide area.  The noise impact was shared and everybody got some respite from aircraft noise, it was shared.

We would like Newcastle Airport to revert to dispersing departing aircraft across a wide area to share the noise and give everybody respite and then we want the airport to return to a previous route over a lightly populated area and to disperse the planes widely.

Newcastle Airport started to use satellite technology to fly departing aircraft down a very narrow route.  The noise impact is now not shared and communities under the flight path get no respite.

Satellite technology is being deployed across the UK to make more efficient use of airspace.  This delivers commercial benefits to airports and aircraft operators but at a cost in noise.  However, no airport has to force aircraft to fly a narrow route, wider dispersal can still be used.  Find out more about Precision-Area Navigation (P-RNAV) here

Aircraft operators and airlines ...

want to turn aircraft onto their flight route to their destination as soon as possible after take off.  They also don't want to climb quickly on full throttle either though climbing more quickly reduces noise impact at ground level.  Why?  Because turning later or climbing faster use more fuel and affect costs and profitability, especially for fully laden holiday charter flights which need to work harder to take off and climb.


The government expects airports to route planes over the least populated areas.  Newcastle Airport has a westerly route that is sparsely populated but does not use it.  We wonder why.

Monitoring aircraft noise

Newcastle Airport, like other airports, monitors the noise it creates.  Newcastle has contracted this out to an external contractor so that there is no conflict of interest (we thought there was - we were wrong and we apologise).  The contractor provides the Airport with reports and information derived from the data collected.

However, we think detailed aircraft noise data for each flight should be publicly available as well as summary report so everybody can see exactly what is going on.  Also, the official analytics that airports use to check how much noise they are making, average noise across chunks of time. This means that the noisy flight that wakes you up at 6 in the morning, for example, is smoothed out.  We think, as do many others, that this is something else that needs to change.

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