Airline Noise League Table Proposed

An airline “league table” for noise performance at airports is to be proposed to the Government by British Airways. It would be used to encourage all airlines to adopt best practices to minimise noise.

The idea has been put forward by British Airways’ in response to the Government’s on-going consultation on departure noise limits at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

The league table would allow genuine comparisons of the noise performances of individual airlines operating similar aircraft types, taking account of factors like weight and weather.

Hugh Somerville, British Airways’ Head of Environment, said: “We take our local and environmental responsibilities very seriously. We wish to protect those living and working under aircraft flightpaths from unnecessary noise, and their best protection will come from a system which genuinely identifies and encourages best practice.”