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Noise

London City Airport implements a number of initiatives to help minimise local noise affects. This includes restrictions to its operation hours and the implementation of its noise and track keeping system. Details of which can be found below:

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Airport operating hours

London City Airport’s operational hours are limited to minimise the impact on local residents. The airport is permitted to operate flights between the following hours:

  • 06.30 and 22.30 hours on weekdays
  • 06.30 and 13.00 hours on Saturdays
  • 12.30 and 22.30 on Sundays
  • 09.00 and 22.30 hours on Public or Bank Holidays
  • Full closure on 25 December

The final 30 minutes of operation is solely for flights scheduled earlier which have been unavoidably delayed.

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Restricted aircraft

Only aircraft operators who are able to demonstrate that their aircraft can operate within strict allowable limits can use London City Airport. This includes noise, weight and other performance restrictions.  In order to understand this prior to any scheduled or general movements being permissible noise trials must be conducted at the Airport.  The noise results of said trials (generated by the airport’s noise and track keeping system) are documented and provided to the local authority for approval.  Once approved the aircraft is then allowed to operate on this basis.

Helicopters and other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, and aircraft with a single engine, are prohibited and flying for club or leisure purposes is not permitted.

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Restricted movements

The total number of aircraft movements (take off and landings) is limited to 120,000 per annum.

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Noise Action Plan

In addition to the Noise and Track Keeping Equipment, monitoring of aircraft on the ground ensures aircraft create a minimum amount of noise when moving around the Airport site. Our Noise Action Plan also encourages the reduced use of the auxiliary power units and the reduced use of reverse thrust by aircraft.

Our Noise Action Plan, which was approved by the Secretary of State for DEFRA on 4 August 2014, details how the Airport through numerous efforts manages noise associated to airport operations.

We have included details of the Noise Management Scheme in our Noise Action Plan which was approved by the Secretary of State for DEFRA on 4 August 2014. A copy of the Noise Action Plan, its Summary Document and DEFRA’s approval letter can be found below.

 

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Noise Action Plan Noise Action Plan SummaryNoise Action Plan Approval Letter 
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Value Compensation Scheme (VCS)

Our VCS came into effect on 30 November 2015. The purpose of the VCS is to compensate owners for loss in value of undeveloped land which was affected by the change in the public safety zones for London City Airport which occurred on 15 March 2011. Claims for compensation may be made at any time up to and including 30 November 2025.

If you believe that you own (or may have previously owned) an interest in land which was affected by the change in the public safety zones and could be eligible for compensation; in the first instance please view the VCS and associated plans here referring to sections 1 to 3 to determine your eligibility.

If once viewing these documents, you think you are eligible for compensation, please write to us, addressing your letter to the Legal Affairs Manager, London City Airport Limited, City Aviation House, Royal Docks, London E16 9PX (or sending your letter by email to notices@lcy.co.uk). Please include all the information we ask for in section 6.1 of the VCS.

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Noise Insulation Payment Scheme (NIPS)

Our NIPS became operational on 29 February 2016. The purpose of the NIPS is to allow certain developments authorised before 9 July 2009 to benefit early from the Airport's noise insulation schemes. It works by compensating owners and developers for the reasonable incremental costs of supplying and fitting additional noise insulation measures during construction in order to mitigate against noise effects associated with the increase in aircraft movements at the Airport which was permitted in 2009.

Claims for compensation may be made at any time up to and including 28 February 2026. The NIPS can be viewed here. Please refer to this to determine whether you may be eligible (sections 3.1 to 3.3) and if you think you are, please write to us, addressing your letter to the Legal Affairs Manager, London City Airport Limited, City Aviation House, Royal Docks, London E16 9PX (or sending your letter by email to notices@lcy.co.uk). Please include all the information we ask for in section 3.7(a) of the NIPS. The procedure which we have adopted for claims under the NIPS is set out in section 3.7.

Please read this carefully. It is important, for example, to make a claim before construction begins on the development or the phase of development to which the claim relates.

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TraVis (Track Visualisation): Track Keeping System

London City Airport operates a noise and track keeping system which is used to monitor the noise and flight tracks of departing and arriving aircraft. This information will be available for you to view through our TraVis tracking. Details will follow. 

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