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Working towards a quieter Heathrow

1 July 2015

In September 2012 the Airports Commission was set up by the Government to examine the need for additional airport capacity in the UK. The Commission was asked to make recommendations on where any new runways should be located.

The Airports Commission has made a clear recommendation to Government that Heathrow should be allowed to expand. More information can be found here.

Welcome to our Aircraft noise website. We know that as well as bringing huge benefits to the UK, an airport the size and importance of Heathrow has downsides for people living nearby, in particular the challenge of aircraft noise.

Heathrow is at the forefront of international efforts to tackle noise. As a result, even though the number of planes has gone up, Heathrow's noise footprint has shrunk considerably over the past few decades. But despite these efforts we know that noise remains an issue. We are committed to addressing it and to reduce the impact of noise on residents.

This site explains Heathrow’s operations including information on flights paths and the rules governing the airport. You can track flights on maps, make a noise complaint and find out what we’re doing to make Heathrow quieter. You’ll also find information on future plans including potential airspace changes.

You can talk to the Community Relations team on 0800 344844 or email us at noise@heathrow.com

Modernising airspace

Aircraft at Heathrow

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Heathrow operations

Aircraft taking off into the sunset at Heathrow

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Live updates on runway operations

Make a noise complaint


Report aircraft noise in your area

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A Quieter Heathrow

A380 landing at Heathrow

Find out how we are making Heathrow quieter

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