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Manchester Airport launches noise consultation

July 15, 2009


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Manchester Airport is looking to limit the noise made by aircraft

Manchester Airport has launched a period of public consultation as it looks to receive feedback on a new noise action plan that is designed to manage the impact of noise from its operations.

A team of Environmental Health Officers has been working with the airport's environment experts for two years to prepare the consultation document which includes new proposals as well as summarising many existing policies.

The airport currently has a number of noise management and mitigation measures in place including restrictions on the operation of the noisiest aircraft at night, and a requirement that departing aircraft follow routes taking them away from more densely populated areas.

Manchester Airport's head of environment, Dr Tim Walmsley, said: "Our approach to managing the environmental impact of our operation is about striking the right balance between reducing the negative effects whilst maximising the economic and social benefits that the airport brings to the region.

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"The noise action plan contains over 50 policies that are designed to manage the noise impact of our operations but we are keen to hear from local people about what they think we are doing right or what we could be doing better in order to achieve the right balance."

The consultation period closes on October 21, 2009.

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Written by: Maxine Clarke

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