In the UK alone, over one million people are exposed to aircraft noise levels above the thresholds recommended for the protection of health. WHO Europe guidelines state that policy-makers should aim to keep noise below 45 dB Lden on average, and below 40 dB Lnight for night noise exposure, to avoid adverse health effects.
Noise levels at nearly all UK airports significantly exceed this level today, and the issue is not confined to the congested airspace over London and the South East. Each year, communities from all regions are impacted by noise from aircraft flying over our cities, towns, rural areas and national parks.
At AEF, we regularly have contact with people up and down the country impacted by aircraft noise and are keen to highlight how this affects their lives and health.