What about the noise from Newcastle Airport?

Before April 2017, aircraft departing from Newcastle Airport were dispersed across a wide area and everybody got some respite from aircraft noise.


After April 2017 Newcastle Airport started using satellite technology to fly departing aircraft down a narrow route.  Now, people under and close to the flight path centre line now get no respite.  The Airport didn’t tell us it was going to do this or what the effects would be.  More... 

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News and updates

Short cut to less noise?

Newcastle Airport has previously refused to look at modifying flight paths to reduce noise until traffic increases by 50%.  This could be 10 years or more away - if ever.  In any event, a full re-design could take up to 5 years to complete – not helpful to us!.

Now, new rules mean that changes to the way flight paths are managed could be completed in around 46 weeks without the complications of a full re-design.  The process is called a Planned Permanent Redistribution of airspace and could help resolve our noise issues. We plan to ask the Airport about doing this very soon.

Flight paths up for review

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) asked people and organisations organisations to say what they think about the effects of the flightpath changes that came started at Newcastle Airport in early 2017.  We have asked for the decision to be reviewed on the basis of the CAA’s own negative comments on the proposal in 2014.

This review closed on the 27th of January – you can see our comments in full here 

Information request refused!

The Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”) audited Newcastle Airport in December 2019.  We have asked, via a Freedom of Information request, to see the results of that audit because we think the issues they found might be of interest to the general public.  The CAA has refused and we have appealed.  If that fails, we will appeal to the UK’s Information Commissioner for a judgement

A helping hand ...

ANAG has received a generous donation towards the costs of running the campaign from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  Among other things, this donation will enable us to up our game by reaching out to many more people living around the Airport and to look at opening up other initiatives to progress the campaign. 

This is our updated briefing. The Airport asked us to take down the August version, which we did when they asked.  It said it had errors and inaccuracies in it as well information the Airport regards as privileged.  However, though we have asked twice, the Airport has refused to tell us what it thinks was wrong with it so we’ve had to guess.    If you have downloaded the original August version, you should scrap it and use the October briefing instead here.

In 2014 the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved the use of satnav by the Airport.  As a result, people living under or near the centre line of the Airport's departure flight paths are suffering.  

We have seen the CAA's assessments of the proposal the Airport made for this change.   You can see our comments here


 We think the CAA failed in its duty of care and that it looks like the Airport withheld information on noise.   If you want to read the CAA's  assessments in detail they are here: Operational; Environmental; Consultation 

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