Managing Noise at Christchurch Airport
Noise is globally recognised as the primary issue that could
hinder airport growth. The extent to which the community is
affected by noise is determined by a wide range of factors
- timing of operations;
- aircraft type;
- air space management;
- proximity of noise sensitive activities; and
- prevailing weather conditions.
Noise occurs as a result of airline operations, ground support
activities (engine maintenance, re-fuelling, baggage
loading/unloading and re-provisioning of aircraft), airfield
maintenance and site development activities.
Mitigating the impact of noise relies on the development of
noise management plans, working closely with the community.
Christchurch is an uncurfewed airport and we are required to retain
our 24 hour operating ability to support the economy of the region
and New Zealand.
Aircraft noise at Christchurch Airport is controlled by a Noise
Boundary (at a noise level of 65 dBA Ldn). Noise from
actual aircraft operations for the three busiest months of any year
must not exceed 65 dBA Ldn outside the Noise
Each year this requirement is checked and the results reported.
This is because the rules governing the Airport in the District
Plan specify that compliance with the Noise Boundary must be
assessed annually by calculating noise compliance contours and
undertaking noise measurements. Please refer to the annual noise
monitoring reports below.
The rules also require that a Noise Management Plan is
necessary. This has been developed to set out procedures for
assessing and reporting compliance with the Noise Boundary and to
formalise the engine testing bylaw.
Reporting Noise Complaints
Christchurch Airport has listened to local residents and now has
a process in place for reporting, recording and responding to noise
complaints. You can use the noise complaint feedback form
here, or contact us 24 hours a day on 03 353 7700.