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Aircraft Noise Categorisation Scheme

London City Airport (LCY) has an obligation under its current planning consent to review how it presently categorises aircraft for noise management purposes and to incentivise airlines to emit less aircraft noise (the Aircraft Categorisation Review (ACR). This process has recently been completed in consultation with the London Borough of Newham and the Greater London Authority. The proposed new regime is referred to as the Aircraft Noise Categorisation Scheme (ANCS). The ANCS will continue to apply once the Airport starts construction of its City Airport Development Programme (CADP1) planning permission later in 2017.

The proposed new regime uses manufacturers’ independently assessed noise certification data to categorise each aircraft, as now required by law, and mirrors the approach adopted by other UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted to control noise at night. As there are no overnight flights at LCY, the new system will be used to control noise during the daytime instead. This is the first time such an approach has been adopted at a UK airport for daytime operations, making this the most stringent control mechanism in the UK.

It also takes into account noise impacts on the wider community, not just the immediate surroundings of the airport, and ensures that no noisier aircraft than currently operate at LCY will be allowed to operate in future. In addition, the regime will better regulate noise levels during take-off and landing.

A public consultation has now opened which will run until 14 July 2017, where interested parties are invited to review the new noise management scheme proposals and submit feedback. In order to review the new scheme proposals please click on the documents below.

You can send your responses to ANCS@londoncityairport.com
Written responses can be posted to:
ANCS Consultation
City Aviation House
Hartmann Road
E16 2PB

The consultation is being carried out under the requirements of the Aerodromes (Noise Restrictions) (Rules and Procedures) Regulations 2003 and is open from Friday 2 June until Friday 14 July 2017.

Once the consultation is concluded, all responses will be considered and a final proposed scheme will be submitted for approval by London Borough of Newham in autumn 2017. Following the completion of the consultation period, the Airport will prepare a report of key findings that will be circulated to all respondents. A final decision on the proposed ANCS will be made by the London Borough of Newham, with a decision also expected in the autumn.

 

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What is this consultation about?

London City Airport is proposing new measures to manage the noise created by aircraft and incentivise airlines to minimise this. The new regime will incentivise airlines to use quieter aircraft and will ensure that no noisier aircraft than currently operate at London City will be allowed to operate in future.

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What does London City Airport currently do to minimise noise?

The airport already has one of the most stringent noise management schemes of any airport in the UK, regulated by the London Borough of Newham (LBN). There are no night-time flights as the airport does not operate between 22:30 and 06:30, and a 24 hour closure period from Saturday lunchtime to Sunday lunchtime, with limited operating hours on bank holidays.

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What does London City Airport currently do to monitor noise?

At present the airport monitors departure noise, with noise measurement points located either side of the runway, with the primary purpose to ensure nearby communities are protected from exceedances.

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What are the new measures that London City Airport is consulting on?

The airport is consulting on plans which include:

  • A new method of noise monitoring that uses aircraft manufacturers’ independently assessed noise certification data to categorise each aircraft. This will mirror the approach adopted by other UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted to control noise at night. As London City does not operate night flights, it will become the first UK airport to adopt this method for daytime flights;
  • More stringent categorisation of aircraft on the noise they generate, using 1 decibel bands instead of 3 decibel bands.
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Who will the airport consult with & how?

The airport will consult on the proposed regime for a period of 6 weeks between 02 June 2017 and 14 July 2017. As part of the consultation process we will:

  • Circulate consultation materials to all members of its Consultative Committee;
  • Take out promotional adverts in key local publications, commencing the week of 02 June. The publications are as follows: Newham Recorder, East London Advertiser, Lewisham & Greenwich Mercury, The Wharf, Newham Magazine, Waltham Forest Guardian & Greenwich Info;
  • Write to the Environmental teams of the following boroughs: Newham, Greenwich, Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Havering, Waltham forest;
  • Publish consultation materials on both the Airport and LCACC website;
  • Write to all airlines operating at LCY; and
  • Prepare a report following completion of the consultation period and circulate to all respondees.
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What else is the Airport doing to incentivise aircraft to fly in a quieter manner?

The new regime will be supplemented by a new Incentives and Penalties scheme which will further encourage airlines to operate their fleets more quietly by rewarding improved performance and penalising poor performance. LCY will reward improved noise performance by partnering airlines in delivering an annual Community Projects Fund of £75,000 in the local community. Airlines will be penalised for poor noise performance with a minimum fine of £600 per flight, per decibel exceeded above a fixed threshold.

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How can I find out about eligibility for the new community fund?

Details relating to the new community fund will be published on both the Airport and LCACC websites. The airport will also actively promote the fund, as part of its wider community engagement programmes, when appropriate.

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What happens now?

A public consultation has now commenced which will run until 14 July, where interested parties are invited to review the new draft scheme proposals and submit feedback.

Following the completion of the Consultation, the airport will carefully consider all feedback and publish a report of key findings that will be circulated to all respondents. A final decision on the proposed ANCS will be made by the London Borough of Newham, with a decision expected in the autumn of 2017.

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