Heathrow Airport: 50 New Noise Monitors
Second ‘Blueprint for Noise Reduction’ launched
Heathrow, August 17, 2016: Heathrow Airport has begun the installation of fifty new noise monitors in local areas as well as upgrades to its existing monitoring network. The action, one of 10 practical steps set out in the latest version of Heathrow’s Blueprint for Noise Reduction published today, is the direct result of the airport’s engagement with resident groups through the Heathrow Community Noise Forum.
The new monitors will help the airport and residents to gain a better understanding of the impacts of noise in local areas, and will complement the modeling of the existing fixed and mobile monitors.
The data gathered will be shared publicly through the Heathrow noise website and the Heathrow Community Noise Forum. In the future, Heathrow plans to use the monitoring system to provide real-time noise measurements to residents.
In its bid to encourage quieter aircraft, from January 2017 the airport will introduce lower landing charges to incentivize airlines to prioritize their quietest types of aircraft – known as Chapter 14 aircraft – to use the airport. The move will make Heathrow the first airport in the world to differentiate charges for aircraft like A350s. The anticipated move is already having an effect, with the first daily A350 XWB service – an aircraft which boasts the latest, top-of the range, ultra-quiet technology – having launched on Sunday by Ethiopian Airlines.
As a result of incentives and evolving technology, Heathrow is now quieter than it has been at any time since the 1970s, despite the doubling of aircraft movements. New data released today in the Heathrow’s Fly Quiet League table shows a 5.5% increase in the proportion of quieter, new generation aircraft – such as the A350 – being used at Heathrow compared with the same period last year.
Source: Heathrow Airport