Quieter aircraft set for Sydney and Adelaide Airports

Media Release

WT029/2015

03 February 2015

An update to the list of permitted aircraft at Sydney and Adelaide airports will enable newer, quieter and more efficient small business aircraft to land during the 11pm to 6am curfews.

Older aircraft which do not meet the new noise requirements will be banned during curfew hours from Sydney and Adelaide airports from 2022.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the changes fulfilled one of the Government's election commitments.

“The list of permitted aircraft introduces a stricter noise standard during the curfew while also providing flexibility and certainty to business aviation about the aircraft they can fly,” Mr Truss said.

“The list of permitted aircraft for Sydney has not been updated since 2005 and the Adelaide list has not been updated since its establishment in 2000.

“The provisions had become out-dated and, by definition, only allowed older, noisier aircraft to operate during the curfew.

“Aircraft younger than 10 years old have not been allowed in Sydney, and younger than 15 years old not allowed in Adelaide.

“Updating the list of permitted aircraft is an important signal to commercial operators to upgrade their fleets and also harmonises the lists for both airports for the first time, simplifying fleet management for operators.

“The Australian Government is committed to maintaining the curfew hours of operation at Sydney and Adelaide airports and the cap of 80 runway movements per hour established under the Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 and the Sydney Airport Long Term Operating Plan.”

Mr Truss has asked the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Airservices Australia to monitor curfew movements at Adelaide and Sydney to assess the impact of the changes.

The information will be reported regularly to the Adelaide Airport Consultative Committee and Sydney Airport Community Forum.