East - West runway this summer (2015/16)
You may have noticed recent increased use of our east-west
runway. That has been the result of a combination of factors
including an increased number of freight planes, late-night
arrivals from Australia, Antarctic aircraft, and aircraft
involved in a large multi-national defence force training
Another factor is maintenance work to replace ageing concrete
shoulders on the runway, to
maintain high quality runways for the safe operation of all
aircraft at our airport.
The work is very dependent on a set of conditions, which
includes weather, wind, temperature, cloud cover and other aspects.
Each day, staff monitor reports from meteorologists, with a final
call made at 9pm each night on whether the assembled staff and
machines may begin work or be stood down. Conditions are tightly
monitored and can change, which can impact the work.
All of this means we cannot say at the beginning of a week how
much work will be completed by the end of the week, which also
means we cannot accurately say when the work will end. This work is
essential and will continue until it is completed, which may still
be some weeks away.
The east-west runway is predominantly used in nor'west wind
conditions, however its
use is not limited only to these conditions. On occasion (such as
during maintenance activity) the east-west runway is used for
reasons of operational efficiency and safety.
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. You can view
the 2014 Noise Fact Sheet here.
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. You can
view the 2013 Noise Management Plan here.
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.