9 JULY 2018
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The number of people in the UK impacted by aircraft noise has reduced by more than 12,000 over the past five years despite a 13% rise in passenger numbers, according to new evidence from the Sustainable Aviation group.
In a “progress report” on the Noise Road Map it issued in 2013, the coalition of UK airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers and air traffic service providers says the industry has managed to “decouple” growth in aviation from noise.
Overall investments in projects to make things quieter increased since the launch of the map, it says. As a result, UK air carriers now have some of the youngest and most environmentally friendly fleets in the world.
In addition, air traffic provider NATS has delivered an additional 60,000 quieter, continuous descent arrivals over the past two years, the report adds.
Despite the progress, Sustainable Aviation says it believes more can be done to achieve its goal to maintain the industry’s total noise output at lower levels than those at 2010.
As such, the group says it is asking the government to make a clear commitment into research of new aircraft and engine technologies, and improve planning rules for the use of land close to airports, thus managing the number of people affected by noise.
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