Environment > Noise & Track Keeping System

Noise & Track Keeping System

London City Airport operates a Noise and Track Keeping (NTK) System to regularly monitor noise levels and so help minimise those levels. This compliments a number of other initiatives to protect our environment.

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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.

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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 Management Scheme

A Noise Management Scheme is fully operational at London City Airport with specialist equipment used to monitor the noise and flight tracks of departing aircraft. Real time inspection and detailed analysis of aircraft flight paths ensure aircraft adhere to specified arrival and departure routes.

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 management scheme also encourages the reduced use of the auxiliary power units and the reduced use of reverse thrust by aircraft.

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.


Noise Action Plan Noise Action Plan SummaryNoise Action Plan Approval Letter 
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Sound Insulation Scheme

London City Airport launched its new, enhanced Sound Insulation Scheme in December 2011. The Scheme works in conjunction with the Noise Management Scheme to reduce noise levels within homes and public buildings for the comfort of local residents. 

The Airport is offering sound insulation treatment (secondary glazing and/or acoustic ventilation) to eligible properties within the 57 dB LAeq, 16h summer noise contour and enhanced sound insulation to properties within the 66 dB LAeq,16 contour.

To be eligible, your property needs to be within one of these contours and meet criteria with regard to date of receipt of planning permission from your Local Planning Authority. To view the latest noise contours, visit http://www.lcacc.org/noise/#Contour

For those already treated under the previous Sound Insulation Scheme, 10 year checkups have been introduced for properties which have had either secondary glazing and/or mechanical acoustic ventilators installed by the Airport.  

No application to the Scheme is necessary. Every year an Annual Performance Report is produced listing the eligible properties. You can view the list on the London City Airport Consultative Committee (LCACC) website at http://www.lcacc.org/noise/10insullists.pdf

If you are on the list you will be contacted directly by the Airport’s appointed Sound Insulation Administrator, David Chester at Banks Wood & Partners. If you are unclear about your entitlements or wish to arrange a site visit by the Sound Insulation Contractor please contact David on david@bankswood.net or 01277 262870 . Please remember to provide your address, contact name and telephone number.

For further information please visit the LCACC website: http://www.lcacc.org/noise. Alternatively, you can contact the Environment Team on 020 7646 0200 or environment@londoncityairport.com.


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