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Noise and Track Keeping

We recognise that aircraft can cause disturbance to our neighbours.

Our Noise Action Plan details all our policies and restrictions on aircraft that are used to reduce, manage and monitor disturbance from aircraft operations. We know that aircraft noise during the night can be particularly disturbing, so we employ tighter restrictions in the evenings which are also published in our Night Noise Policy. Our measures include:

  • Departing Aircraft –runway charges that encourage the use of newer, quieter aircraft, fines for flights that exceed our noise limits, and requirements for departing flights to follow routes that keep aircraft away from densely populated areas.
  • Arriving aircraft – encouraging airlines to fly along standard approach paths and to fly the aircraft in a way that reduces noise levels heard on the ground. This includes “continuous descent approach” procedures which helps keep aircraft as high as possible for longer.
  • Aircraft on the ground –restrictions on aircraft engine testing to control noise impacts on our neighbours, and encouraging use of fixed electrical power for aircraft on stand, and reduced engine taxiing.
  • Night noise - prohibition of older, noisier aircraft for night time departures and arrivals, and more stringent noise limits for departing flights.
  • Mitigation schemes – help with relocation, sound insulation and repair to roof damage caused by aircraft vortex damage. We also have a Community Trust Fund that supports local community projects.
  • Monitoring and reporting – our noise and track monitoring system records the flight path and noise level for every aircraft operating into and out of the airport so we can use this information to check compliance with our noise and track restrictions, and work with airlines to improve performance. We report our performance in our CSR Report and to the Manchester Airport Consultative Committee.

Living Near the Airport

If you live near the airport and would like more detailed information on aircraft departure and arrival routes, wish to record disturbance from aircraft operations, or want to find out more about mitigation schemes, then see our Community Links pages.

Aircraft Emissions

We’re working with airlines, air traffic control providers and handling agents to develop and implement a range of initiatives to reduce fuel use and emissions from aircraft operations. These include:

  • Encouraging airlines to use our fixed electrical ground power system. This provides electricity to the aircraft whilst it is on stand and means they don’t have to run the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit (on-board generator);
  • Reducing aircraft taxi times by making the taxiway journey shorter, getting rid of queues and avoiding taxiway congestion.
  • Developing safe operating procedures so that airlines can switch off one of the engines whilst taxiing to and from the runway.
  • Working with Thomas Cook Airlines to deliver a series of Optimum Flights, that piece together a number of separate initiatives that reduce fuel use and carbon emissions along the whole aircraft journey, and provide information on what obstacles need to be overcome to deliver further improvements. 

Policy development

Aviation is a fast moving world. Developments in European and UK legislation and policy as well as technology improvements are driving and delivering changes across the industry. 

We’re playing an active role in carbon and noise policy debates through our involvement in ACI Europe, Airports Operators Association and Sustainable Aviation. We have been actively involved in the development of Sustainable Aviation CO2 Road Map and the Sustainable Aviation Noise Road Map which set out various measures that will be implemented across the industry (airports, airlines, air traffic service providers and manufacturers) to achieve the challenging targets for environmental improvements