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Living near the airport

There are a number of issues we have to manage to ensure our neighbours are not too disturbed by noise and road traffic.

Where do aircraft fly on arrival and departure?

If you live within 20 miles of a major international airport such as Manchester, it is inevitable you will see and hear aircraft. Many of our procedures and practices have been in place for decades; others have been introduced more recently. All are designed to ensure the safest and quietest aircraft operations possible.

The instrument landing system and 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. 

Regular preventative maintenance required on the antennae arrays and ground based ILS infrastructure. While work is carried out on the ILS it is 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 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. Such works are weather-dependent and so could be postponed/re-planned. Other outages may be required due to equipment failure.

We publish details of planned outages on this page.

Airport City - Global Logistics Hub

Please use the link below entitled "Completed World Logisitics Hub" to see an annotated artists impression of how the site will look when complete (in ten to fifteen years’ time). The first and second phases of work are now complete:

  • The realignment of Sunbank Lane and other road infrastructure is now in place.
  • Landscape and hedgerow planting will take place this autumn; this area comprises 14.8 hectares (39%) of the site and will become part of the Airports landscape and habitat management area.
  • Construction of the cargo shed for DHL and warehouse for Amazon.

Road improvements to 'dual' the A538 between the site entrance and the M56 are now well progressed with completion expected by the end of March 2018. A Planning application has now been lodged for a petrol filling station and ‘drive thru’.

Keeping in touch

We are committed to staying in touch with our community. To help provide the best possible service to the people who live in our neighbourhood, we hold regular Community Outreach 'surgeries' across the area, giving local residents the opportunity to raise queries and ask questions of members of our Community Relations Team.

Listening to you

We recognise that we can be a noisy and disruptive neighbour; and so we are always keen to engage with those that are affected by our operations. We work hard to ensure that we operate in a manner designed to cause the least disturbance possible whilst meeting the public demand to fly. On this site we provide information on our normal operations as well as notice and explanation when there are significant changes. The video on the next page provides a further insight into our complainants procedures. 

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.

If you would like us to investigate please register your complaint on the next page.