Noise Control


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Noise in the aviation sector

For the planes, a large number of measures have been introduced jointly by the Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), aircraft manufacturers, airlines and airport operators with the aim of continually minimising noise pollution from planes.

  • Manufacturers: technical progress made on engines means that modern planes produce 20 dB* less than aircraft built thirty years ago. 
  • Airlines: airport taxes, varying according to the noise level of airline fleets, encourage them to use the most recent planes.

Research programmes have been set up with the aim of reaching a goal of between 5 and 10 fewer decibels compared with planes from the older generation.


Initiatives at the airport

  • No regular flights at night
  • The noisiest planes (ranked as "chapter 2") are banned in the airport (cf. aircraft acoustics introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organisation)
  • Conforming the update to the Noise Exposure Plan. 


For complaints about noise, please contact us

Please complete the form in the "Contact"section / "Complaints"


*Noise, produced by a physical phenomenon, is a group of sounds perceived to be without harmony. It is measured in decibels (dB). The dB(A) is used to provide a scale for the sensitivity of human hearing. Depending on the procedures, noise-measurement in air transport is made using a sound level meter or with a data acquisition and analysis tool. Sounds audible to human beings are between 0 and 140 dB, while the pain threshold is around 120 dB. More informations about noise measurement here