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Heathrow delivers significant benefits for the UK, but there are downsides too, including the impact of noise on local residents.

Heathrow is already at the forefront of international management of aircraft noise and continues to work hard to reduce its impact by encouraging quieter aircraft and operating procedures and supporting local communities with noise insulation and compensation programmes.






Our ambition

Reduce the impact of noise and support local communities with noise mitigation and compensation schemes.



100% aircraft are quieter by international standards (ICAO Chapter 4 or better) by 2020

Performance: The proportion of ICAO Chapter 4 aircraft operating at Heathrow is increasing year on year from 97.6% in 2012 to 98.1% in 2013



90% Noise Action Plan actions are on track or complete annually 

Performance: 95% actions were verified as complete or on track 2013



At least 75% of arriving aircraft operate Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) by 2020 

Performance: The proportion of aircraft operating CDA compliance has increased from 86.8% in 2012 to 87.3% in 2013


0 breaches of current daytime noise limit by 2015 and a reduction in night infringements from 2006-2015

Performance: In 2013 there were 11 breaches of daytime noise limits and 32 night infringements



Deliver and engage communities in effective noise  insulation schemes each year

Performance: New commitment - progress will be measured against a 2013 baseline of 897 households that responded to our engagement in relation to noise insulation schemes



Improve community perception that Heathrow is doing all it can to manage noise annually 

Performance: New commitment - progress will be measured against a 2014 baseline


Key for performance as at January 2014 


 - Behind progress

 - On track

 - Complete


For more information on our approach to managing Noise at Heathrow, see;

Our Noise website

Our Noise Action Plan

Our plans for A Quieter Heathrow

Our briefing document Towards a Sustainable Heathrow- A Focus on Noise

Our collaborative work with Sustainable Aviation