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Environmental Management

Our policies on noise, environment and sustainable development.

Aircraft Noise

Noise Action Plan

The Noise Action Plan is our strategy for managing aircraft noise to reduce impacts on communities living around the Airport.

The Plan includes specific measures ranging from restricting the use of the noisiest aircraft at night, to offering a sound insulation grant scheme. Our current Noise Action Plan 2018-2020 is available online and we have also produced a summary of the Plan

The Noise Action planning process operates in five-yearly cycles. Consultation on our draft Noise Action Plan 2019-2023 and supplemental information our twelve closed period finished on 21st August 2018. Following consultation on this new Plan with local stakeholders, the Plan and comments received will be presented for formal adoption by DEFRA in 2019. 

In 2019 we will publish a summary of the responses we received on this page and provide a commentary on the decisions that have been taken in light of these comments.

Night Noise Policy

In order to minimise the effects of nighttime operations the Airport operates a Night Noise Policy. Our 2018-2020 Night Noise Policy is available here.  

Sustainable Development Plan

Our Sustainable Development Plan (SDP) sets out the strategic context for the long-term development of Manchester Airport. The SDP comprises a high level summary and four detailed plans that deal with the Economy and Surface Access, Environment, Community and Land Use. 


Economy and Surface Access

Our support to the North West region's economy and transport connectivity.

Land Use

The land uses and facilities required to support the development of Manchester Airport.


How we engage with local communities about the issues that concern them, and how we can contribute to the social and economic wellbeing of those living around the airport.


What the main environmental issues are and how we approach environmental management and improvement across the site. 

Environment Policy

Our top-level commitment to environmental management. Click here to access our policy.