Who is involved in managing aircraft noise in Ireland?



Various stakeholders at the airport contribute to the overall management of noise associated with airport operations.  

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)

All aircraft arriving and departing Dublin Airport come under the direction of the Irish Aviation Authority which provides air traffic control services in Ireland and is responsible for the control and routing of aircraft. Nonetheless, daa has regular meetings with the Irish Aviation Authority to continuously review the track keeping of aircraft in the vicinity of the Airport. This function is carried out by the Noise & Flight Track Monitoring Service of daa.


 There are 37 domestic and international airlines operating at Dublin Airport. All have modern aircraft fleets that meet Chapter 3 and/or Chapter 4 ICAO noise standards, established for jet and large propeller aircraft. Many of these airlines have significantly updated their fleets in recent years, with older aircraft being phased out in favour of more fuel efficient and quieter aircraft. 


The airport tracks and communicates compliance within the specified Noise Corridors. Aircraft taking off from Dublin are required to follow specific flight paths called Noise Preferential Routes (NPRs) unless directed otherwise by air traffic control. These have been designed to limit noise impact by avoiding overflight of built up areas where possible. 

daa has regular meetings with the IAA to continuously review the track-keeping of aircraft in the vicinity of Dublin Airport. If a complaint is made to Dublin Airport the flight track is reviewed to assess whether the aircraft was off-track. 

daa shares data from the Flight Tracking Monitoring System with local stakeholders through the Dublin Airport Environmental Working Group (DAEWG). This group brings together local communities and representatives from daa and the IAA under the guidance of an independent Chair to discuss environmental topics relevant to the airport and its community. This forum has been in place (in various formats) for almost 10 years and continues to provide valuable engagement for all parties.

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