Aircraft noise

Noise from aircraft remains a concern for people living around airports or under flight paths. A range of international and local industry players and regulatory authorities have roles and responsibilities for managing aircraft noise.

Sydney Airport works closely with the community, aviation industry, and the Australian, NSW and local governments to manage and where possible minimise aircraft noise impacts.

Noise from ground-based activities at Sydney Airport is managed separately from noise caused by in-flight aircraft operations,which is managed by Airservices Australia (ASA).

Noise sharing is managed by ASA and is the key aim of the Long-Term Operating Plan (LTOP), which involves varying the use of our runways to produce different combinations of flight paths affecting different parts of Sydney.

Master Plan 2039 outlines responsibilities in related to noise and aircraft noise mapping. To understand more about aircraft noise, see section 15 of Master Plan 2039.

Ground-based noise

Sydney Airport has a critical role to play in managing impacts from ground-based noise on the local community and on-airport users. The main sources of ground-based noise at Sydney Airport are engine ground running and construction in and around the airport.

Ground-based noise is covered by our Airport Environment Strategy and our approach to its management is explained here.