Airport to consider ways to reduce noise levels

Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport. - Credit: Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport is seeking feedback to control noise levels at the site for the next five years.

Airports must update noise action plans every five years under the European Union environmental noise directive which will cover the period from 2019-2024.

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In its draft plan, the airport stated ‘no people lie within the highest noise bands assessed’ in 2016 during the day, evening or night periods, which was also the case in 2011.

Research found homes most exposed to aircraft noise around the Lulsgate Bottom site have reduced in the past 10 years despite the number of aircraft movements operating in and out of the airport increasing from around 66,000 in 2011 to around 74,000 in 2016.

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James Shearman, the airport’s head of sustainability, said: “We are very aware noise can be disturbing for people living near the airport or under the flight paths used by arriving and departing aircraft.

“Reducing our noise impact is a true team effort, we work with the airlines which operate at Bristol and our local air traffic control team to monitor performance and focus on flying quieter and more efficiently.

“While we can’t cut out noise completely we can work positively to reduce the impact.

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“This draft noise action plan sets out how we intend to control and, where possible, reduce negative impacts through closer collaboration with airlines and air navigation service providers, improved operating procedures and implementation of technology.”

Last year was the airport’s most successful year on record, with more than 8.1 million passengers flying from the South West, making it the third largest regional airport in the country.

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Marking its eighth consecutive year of growth, the airport aims to create employment opportunities and support economic growth in the region over the next 30 years.

Consultation runs until October 2 and feedback will help shape the final document which will be published later this year.

To submit a response, email or write to Noise Action Plan Consultation, Bristol Airport, BS48 3DY.

The plan is available to view on