Living Near the Airport

Manchester Airport Emergency Exercise 5th March 2015
Our biennial emergency exercise will take place between 19:30 and 22:00 hrs on Thursday 5th March 2015. Positioning of an aircraft and creation of the scenario at the southern extremity of our site will take place earlier in the day. At the start of the exercise there will be a full response from the emergency services with blue lights and a lot of activity. There is of course no cause for alarm and our activities will be confined to the secure perimeter of our site.
In addition to our exercise we have been advised that Cheshire Search and Rescue will be carrying out an independent exercise in the Bollin Tunnel from 18:30 hrs (to conclude before 22:00 hrs). 

Living Near Manchester Airport
Although the positive effects of our operation are felt across the region/United Kingdom; there are a number of issues we have to manage to ensure our neighbours are not too disturbed by the noise and road traffic that come with our success. We have detailed plans in place to tackle and mitigate these issues; such as our Noise Action, Environment, Ground Transport and Land Use Plans. These are available to download for free from our archive. We work hard to be a good neighbour and aim to give something back to those most affected by our operations; through providing mitigation or the financial/practical support such a large organisation can provide.

How do I record disturbance?
If you are particularly disturbed by Airport operations we can investigate your concern; we have produced a short video clip that outlines the care we take to investigate and reply to complaints made. Persistent complainants record multiple complaints about operations that after investigation are found to not be unusual, we have agreed a policy for handling such complaints with our Consultative Committee. If you would like us to investigate please register your complaint.

Keeping our navigational equipment up to standard
Our Runway Data Sheet outlines how we normally operate. In order to maintain our operations in a safe manner, regular testing and calibration of our navigational aids is required. Where maintenance is planned we will keep these pages updated:

  • The Instrument Landing System & changes that affect arriving aircraft
    Checks to ensure the accuracy/strength of the Instrument Landing System require a number of approaches to our runways by a small propeller aircraft. The aircraft then breaks away south or north after each approach and orbit around for the next approach. The approaches are planned for a window when the aircraft can make multiple approaches without having to wait for other arriving or departing traffic to clear the runway. This procedure has been formulated to reduce the need to circle at low level whilst waiting to make another approach, which could otherwise result in increased community disturbance. ILS calibration flights were were completed in October 2014 and further flights will be be required in Spring 2015; in six months time.
    The ILS will be unavailable on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th February; to allow for the replacement of some fibre optic cables. These works are scheduled to take place outside the morning peak (between 09:30 and 18:00 hrs) and may need to be rescheduled if the weather conditions are poor. While work is carried out the ILS will not be available and aircraft use navigational guidance provided by alternative equipment, known as the VOR and DME. Approach and landings using the VOR and DME navigational equipment  mean that aircraft approaching to land are displaced from their usual precise centre line. Aircraft landing using these different navigational aids must be configured to land earlier in their approach. This means that with the flaps extended and under carriage deployed earlier, aircraft may also be noisier than usual.
  • Maintenance works that may affect departing aircraft
    In order to fly within the standard Preferred Noise Routes (PNRs) used by departures from Manchester Airport aircraft fly Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs). These SIDs  consist of a series of navigational instructions. If the any or all navigational aids required to fly the SID are not available then the aircraft will instead fly a Non Standard Departure Instruction.
    If ground based navigational aids are unavailable then departing aircraft will be given Non Standard Departure Instructions that will cause them to fly outside of the normal Preferred Noise Routes.

Airport City -World Logistics Hub
Work on the World Logistics Hub; part of the Enterprise Zone for Greater Manchester commenced in January 2014. Please see the pdf entitled "Manchester Airport World Logistics Hub -First construction phase" to see an annotated artists impression of how the site will look when complete (in ten to fifteen years’ time). The first phase of work is now complete with DHL now occupying their new premises and Sunbank Lane realigned. Updates on further work will be published on this page as we progress.

Area B Car Park north of Ringway Road
Land to north of Ringway Road, bound to the west by Shadowmoss Road and to the east by Styal Road was allocated for Airport Car Parking and Surface Access in the Manchester Core Strategy. This land was also listed for such a use in the Land use Plan of the Manchester Airport Master Plan to 2030 published in 2007 (and in the preceding Master Plans that covered the decades before). In 2013 we presented various options for the land around the parking area and asked for feedback. We used this feedback to shape our successful planning application; permission was granted in November. The works have been summarised on a plan of the site. We have held regular meetings with representatives of Moss Nook Residents Committee to agree the detail of the 8 hectares (30%) of the site that has been landscaped; to provide ‘green space' between residential dwellings and parked vehicles. Work on site is now complete except for some adjustments to the lighting columns and further planting. Planting does take time to establish and mature; a variety of 'quick growing' species have been planted which will grow and spread to create good coverage and screening over the coming months and years.

Runway closures & maintenance
We have created a web page with details of runway closures and maintenance.

Airfield Security and Perimeter Fence
As residents close to the Airport will have observed we are now two years in to a works programme that will enhance the security of the airfield. These works include the improvement/replacement of the security fence.
The new sections of fence are of a more secure standard utilising a concrete base and new welded mesh fencing. Wherever possible there will is a 3-metre gap on either side of the new fence to afford vehicle access for future maintenance. Pictured here are sections of security fence already replaced on the west side of the apron near the cargo centre. When these works are complete our airfield will be compliant with the revised Department for Transport Airport Security guidelines.

We have more than nine miles of security fencing around the airfield perimeter and over time we will replace all of it. We are naturally focusing on those areas that we have identified as being particularly old or in need of repair. Works are currently taking place south of Runway 1 near to our Fire Training Ground. On this page we will provide updates as the work progresses and let you know which areas will be replaced as they are identified and work schedules produced.

Contact us
If there are any questions or particular concerns that are not addressed on this page please e-mail the Community Relations Team at:
Or call 08000 967 967.

If you have any suggestions about how to improve this page please let us know.

Last updated 3rd February 2015