Airport Noise

If you wish to contact us regarding airport noise, please submit the contact form at the end of the page or register a noise complaint or enquiry via telephone on 0113 391 1625.

Noise Action Plan 

What is the Noise Action Plan?

 The Noise Action Plan (NAP) is a set of specific actions that will be implemented by LBA® over the next five years to manage the effects of noise arising from aircraft departing from and arriving at the airport, in order to minimise any adverse impact from aircraft operations on our neighbours wherever practicable.

Appropriate actions were developed following a consultation process with the local community.

 Why do we need a Noise Action Plan?

 The Noise Action Plan is a legal requirement under the Environmental Noise Directive (END) (2002/49/EC), relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise.  The END was transposed into English law by the Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 (as amended).

 In 2013, the Noise Action Plan was updated with the 2011 noise contour data to line up with the Environmental Noise Directive five year cycle (2013-2018).  Our current Noise Action Plan was formally adopted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 4th August 2014.  The current plan can be downloaded here.


Further Information

1. What do the flight paths look like?

Noise Preferential Routes (NPR’s) are in place for departing jet aircraft and were developed as a performance route to direct departing jet aircraft over the least populated areas. All departing jet aircraft are required to follow the NPRs, however, sometimes this may not be possible due to weather conditions or conflicting traffic.  In addition, turboprops and light aircraft are exempt from the NPR.

There are two runways at Leeds Bradford® Airport; runway 14 (towards Horsforth) and runway 32 (towards Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale).  The runway used largely depends on weather conditions, as aircraft take off and land into wind. There are no established NPRs for arriving aircraft. 

Plans highlighting the two NPRs can be viewed here. Please note, the NPRs are indicated in blue and aircraft can depart anywhere within the blue hatched area.  Once an aircraft has reached the end of the NPR, they are permitted to turn towards their intended destination.

2. Are night flights allowed?

Yes, Leeds Bradford® Airport has been operating flights 24 hours a day since planning permission for 24 hour availability was granted in 1994.  The designated night-time period is from 2300hrs to 0700hrs.  During this period, only the quietest jets are permitted to operate and there are maximum permitted noise levels in place for both aircraft arrivals and departures.  In addition, there are restrictions on the number of aircraft movements permitted during the summer months (May – October) and winter months (November – April).  In comparison with most other UK commercial airports, Leeds Bradford® Airport has some of the most stringent night-time noise restrictions.

3. How is aircraft noise recorded?

Four permanent noise monitoring stations are in operation to measure noise levels to ensure the airport is operating in compliance with our noise restrictions.  Two noise monitors are located in Horsforth, one is located in Menston and one in Burley-in-Wharfedale.  The noise monitors are positioned at each side of the two designated NPRs.  Leeds City Council undertakes all of the airport’s noise monitoring, which is reported via the Airport’s Consultative Committee and the Leeds City Council Planning Committee.

4. Light aircraft

Light aircraft operate out of the south side of the airfield for pilot training and other leisure and business purposes. When a pilot is training they have to undertake ‘circuits’ of the airfield to practice landings and take-offs, however, sometimes the light aircraft will have to 'orbit' within the circuit, in a holding position under the instructions of Air Traffic Control.  In respect of orbiting aircraft, most airports with public transport operations (as is the case at Leeds Bradford® Airport) have to orbit light aircraft as a matter of course.  For safety reasons, a light aircraft needs up to between siz and eight miles spacing behind a large commercial aircraft and this spacing is achieved by orbiting.  Orbits within the circuit are an essential practice for integrating light aircraft traffic with larger and faster commercial traffic and are normal aviation practice in compliance with the Air Navigation Order.

5. Noise Insulation Scheme

The airport has offered two noise insulation grant schemes in the past. The first scheme was associated with the runway extension in 1981 and the second scheme was associated with 24 hour availability in 1994.  There have been no significant airport developments (to impact upon noise exposure) since 1994 that would require the airport to offer a further noise insulation grant scheme and therefore no schemes are available at this present time.