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Airport Noise Plans & Reports

Airport Noise Plans

Fingal County Council Noise Action Plan

Environmental noise from major infrastructure including roads, railways and airports is governed by the EU's Environmental Noise Directive.

The Environmental Noise Directive (END) 2002/49/EC requires Member States to prepare and publish, every 5 years, strategic noise maps and noise management action plans for transport noise sources (i.e. roads, railways and airports) and industry.
Under this Directive, Fingal County Council is responsible for developing the Noise Action Plan for Dublin Airport. daa feeds into this plan in its role as the designated noise mapping body for Dublin Airport.  

The last Noise Action Plan for Dublin Airport ran from 2019 – 2023. You can view it here. The Noise Action Plan 2024 – 2028 is currently under development by Fingal County Council. 

Dublin Airport Noise Management Plan

Based on work completed by Dublin Airport as part of the Environmental Noise Directive process, a Noise Management Plan is produced. This is a separate plan to the Noise Action Plan produced by Fingal County Council. It describes the management of noise associated with airport activities and sets out key performance indicators to be achieved and reported upon.

An updated Noise Management Plan will be developed by Dublin Airport in 2024.

Noise and Operations Reports

Dublin Airport publishes various operational and noise reports at regular intervals throughout the year.

Monthly Noise and Operations Reports

Dublin Airport publishes monthly Noise and Operations Reports. These reports provide a range of information relating to airport operations including runway use, wind conditions and flight activity trends. They also provide statistics on noise complaints received.

The format of these reports will continue to be reviewed and updated to provide the most important information to the public. 

Quarterly Noise Monitoring Reports

Quarterly reports are published to provide data from the airport’s network of Noise Monitoring Terminals which are located across Dublin, Meath and Wicklow.

The reports include data on aircraft noise levels measured at each of the Noise Monitoring Terminals in various metrics. Since 2024, additional information is being provided in these reports including comparisons of noise levels to the modelled or calculated annual noise contours and noise levels relating to individual aircraft events.  

Annual Compliance Report - Noise Mitigation Measures and Operating Restrictions

Each year Dublin Airport submits a report to the Aircraft Noise Competent Authority (ANCA) detailing information on the compliance of airport users with noise mitigation measures and operating restrictions. 

The report details the noise measures that are in place at Dublin Airport related to aircraft and runway use such as noise abatement procedures and continuous climb and decent operations. Information is also made available on operating conditions at Dublin Airport including a ban on certain noisy aircraft or limits on operations during certain periods.

All Annual Compliance Reports from 2019 to 2022 are available on the ANCA website.