Cairns Airport

Noise Monitoring

Airservices collects noise and operational data from three noise monitors (Environmental Monitoring Unit, EMU) around Cairns Airport at the following locations.

Holloways Beach
Cairns North
Yorkeys Knob

Noise monitoring is not conducted to determine compliance with aircraft noise regulations – there is no regulated maximum level for aircraft noise. Rather, aircraft operating in Australia are required to meet noise standards imposed through the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 1984. These regulations stipulate compliance with international noise standards that apply to the design and production of aircraft, and specify the amount of noise that may be emitted by an aircraft type or model. Aircraft that do not meet these standards are prohibited from engaging in air navigation in Australia unless exceptional circumstances apply. This is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Noise monitoring is conducted to:

  • determine the contribution of aircraft noise to the overall noise that a community is exposed to
  • provide information to the community about aircraft noise and operations
  • help local authorities make informed land use decisions
  • inform estimates of the impact of changes to air traffic control procedures
  • validate noise modelling
  • inform the determination of aircraft noise policy by government and assist in the implementation of legislation.

More information is available in the Monitoring Aircraft Noise fact sheet.

Access noise monitoring information for each quarter below. You can also access current and historical noise monitoring information in WebTrak.

January - March 2018
October - December 2017
July - September 2017
April - June 2017
January - March 2017
October - December 2016
July - September 2016
April - June 2016
January to March 2016