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Environmental and Noise Management

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, Economy & Surface Access and Land Use Plans. These are available to download for free using the links provided.

We work hard to be a good neighbour and give something back to those most affected by our operations; through providing mitigation or the financial/practical support such a large organisation can provide.

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.

Where Do Aircraft Fly on Arrival and Departure
The Instrument Landing System & Changes That Affect Arriving Aircraft

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. 

    Our Spring ILS calibration flights are planned for overnight Monday 16th/Tuesday 17th and Tuesday 17th/Wednesday 18th April 2018. 
  • 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.

    Our spring 2018 maintenance works are scheduled between 10:00 and 17:00 hrs on Tuesday 18th April. Whilst the ILS is unavailable aircraft will approach using the VOR and DME and so are offset from the normal approach path.

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.

Maintenance works that may affect departing aircraft
Airport City - World Logistics Hub

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’.

Updates on further work will be published on this page as we progress.

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.

Keeping In Touch
Airfield Security and Perimeter Fence

Airfield Security and Perimeter Fence 

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 on the southern perimeter. 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.

Runway Closures

Check this page regularly to view the latest information on scheduled runway closures at Manchester Airport. Maintenence work will be carried out a intervals throughout 2017; ensuring the runways are safe for use when you are departing or arriving at our Airport. 

Runway Closures
Listening to You

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. 

Manchester Airport Road Improvements Information

Sometimes works on our site may cause congestion for those living by. Also if you are due to fly to or from Manchester Airport, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the traffic, roadworks and diversions around Manchester Airport.

Please click for details and allow additional time for your journey to or around the Airport.


How do I record disturbance?

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.

Contact Details

Community Relations
Telephone: 08000 967 967

Further Contact Information

If there are any questions or particular concerns that are not addressed on this page please e-mail the Community Relations Team or call using the information listed above.

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