Airservices proactively works with the airport and the community to investigate, trial and implement changes to improve aircraft noise outcomes.
Continuing growth in air traffic over Perth, particularly since 2007, has resulted in an increased noise impact for residential areas, especially those closest to the airport. Airservices has continued to closely monitor air traffic management practices over the Perth metropolitan area in order to better manage the resulting environmental impacts.
Airservices considers Perth air traffic management holistically, with a view to implementing the best overall noise outcome for the community. Any changes proposed for one section of the community are not considered in isolation to other areas, nor are changes considered that potentially reduce the efficiency of the airport, particularly runway capacity and airline on-time performance. Proposals that shift noise from one part of the community to another generally are not considered to be noise improvements unless they clearly provide a reduction in overall noise impacts.
Between 2010-2015, Airservices considered more than 30 proposed noise improvement opportunities for the greater Perth area. These proposals came from a variety of sources, such as Airservices internal analysis, the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman, aviation industry and community feedback. As a result, ten changes have been implemented, including two pertaining to Jandakot Airport. The remaining proposals were unable to be safely implemented. See the Perth noise improvement proposals document available below for detailed information about the suitability of each proposal and those that were able to be progressed.
Airservices is confident that all noise improvement opportunities have been explored. No further noise improvements are currently being considered for the Perth metropolitan area prior to a decision being made on the proposed construction of the Perth Airport parallel runway.
Investigations conducted at Perth Airport include:
For more information about how air traffic control works, see our easy-to-understand booklet, Guide to our operations.
Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) meetings are independent forums where community members and organisations can raise opinions and issues. These meetings address planning and development issues as well as operational matters such as aircraft noise and provide an opportunity for communication and consultation, although may not be public forums.
Airservices attends the Perth Airport Community Forum (PACF) meetings and the Perth Airport Municipalities Group meetings to provide information to the community and assist in discussions on aviation matters.