We receive many requests for information from residents wanting information on the current and future flight paths over Greater Brisbane.
Airservices Australia is the body responsible for current flight paths and they also manage the formal complaints database. They can be contacted at www.airservicesaustralia.com.au
With the completion of Brisbane's New Runway in 2020 there will be the introduction of new flight paths. Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has provided software and materials that allows the community to understand how they may be impacted by these new flight paths.
Airservices is a government-owned corporation providing safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible services to the aviation industry. These services include air traffic control and airspace design and management.
Airservices also provide an online facility called Webtrak that displays a map of surrounding suburbs within 55km of Brisbane Airport. You can view information about arriving and departing aircraft, from three months earlier up to just 40 minutes ago. After selecting the aircraft of concern, you can make a complaint about that flight.
Using Webtrak you can also:
- locate your street address to have your home appear on the map
- view information about the aircraft including aircraft type, height, origin and destination and
- display an aircraft’s flight path and point of closest approach to your home
Good planning and inter-government cooperation means Brisbane Airport enjoys the best buffer zone in Australia, enabling the airport to operate 24 hours a day.
BAC and our partners, locally and globally, undertake a number of initiatives to manage noise impacts. To highlight the issues and management strategies around noise management, we have created the booklet “Above and Beyond” that is available below.
A study by QUT into the Impact of Aircraft Noise on Brisbane Residential Property Sectors: 1988 – 2014.
This research was undertaken by QUT at the request of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) to establish what, if any, impact flight paths have had on the value or saleability of residential property in Brisbane. BAC initiated this work in the hope that the findings would ease any community concerns, and encourage greater transparency from vendors and real estate agents during the marketing and sale of residential property.
Having analysed 25 years of RP data, QUT concluded that: “housing and units in Brisbane located under designated flight paths have their value and price determined by a range of factors and these factors are not detrimentally impacted by aircraft noise. The location of a property under a flight path will have minimal if any impact on the price, saleability, investment performance and capital growth of that property".
This study is, to the best of our knowledge, the most extensive of its type anywhere in the world. BAC has committed to funding annual updates until at least 2022. The report below is current as at Jan 2018.
We hope that the findings will be useful to you.
When will Brisbane's New Runway open?
The project is on track to open in mid-2020 as planned. You can find more information on the project here.
Will there be new flight paths?
Yes – because there will be two runways operating, both of which will require dedicated flight paths.
How can I find out about these flight paths?
You can find out more about flight paths by downloading the Brisbane Airport Current and Future Flight Path and Noise Information Booklet which is located at the top of this page. This information will be updated as we continue to work with Airservices Australia to validate the flight paths.
Will the future flight paths change from those shown in the booklet?
We want to make sure that ahead of opening we have the most up to date information on flight paths available to the community. We’re currently working with Airservices Australia, who are responsible for air traffic control and air navigation across the country, to validate the predicted flight paths based on any new procedures, technology or policies that have been introduced since the EIS and the 2014 Master Plan.
Will there be much difference to the information provided at the time of the EIS and 2014 Brisbane Airport Master Plan?
At this stage we don’t believe so, but given the timeframes involved and that some navigational and air space management procedures have changed and continue to change, we believe it is important to revisit the work.
Will I get more aircraft noise?
The Brisbane Airport Current and Future Flight Path and Noise Information Booklet is a good starting point to understand the likely noise impacts where you live. This booklet is available at the top of this page. However, it’s also important to know that Brisbane Airport has the largest noise buffer zone of any capital city airport in Australia. In addition, noise abatement procedures are used by air traffic control to minimise noise and, while subject to weather conditions, the new runway itself provides opportunities to increase the number of aircraft movements over Moreton Bay, particularly at night.
Will I get less aircraft noise?
Residents living under the existing main flight paths may receive less frequency of aircraft in the early years of operation of the new runway as a number of flights are directed to the new runway. However, we recommend you download the Brisbane Airport Current and Future Flight Path and Noise Information Booklet, which provides details about the expected impacts of the current and future flight paths. This booklet is available at the top of this page.
Are there plans to introduce a curfew at Brisbane Airport once the new runway is operational?
No. The Federal Government undertook an extensive review in 2014. The Government determined that Brisbane Airport would remain curfew free due to its much larger non-residential buffer compared to other cities and the effective use of noise abatement procedures.
Will the community have a say in the new flight paths?
The proposed flight paths have been on display to the community for over 10 years and we will continue to provide that information right up to and well after the opening of the new runway in 2020.
Will helicopter operations over the CBD change as a result of the new runway?
Helicopter operations in and around the CBD are not influenced by operations at Brisbane Airport now or into the future.
Air Traffic Control ensures that helicopter traffic around the CBD is kept clear of aircraft operating into and out of Brisbane Airport. Airservices separate hospital related medical and emergency traffic from other air traffic in and around the CBD.
Does BAC or Airservices Australia approve helicopter operations?
Airservices Australia and BAC have no involvement in the approval process for helicopter operations. Operators and landowners are required to gain necessary approvals from CASA. If a landowner wants to develop a helicopter landing site or area in Brisbane, including the CBD, then that landowner is responsible for gaining approvals such as safety, community or environmental approvals to facilitate that operation.
Will lateral noise impacts be monitored?
Airservices Australia noise monitor terminal capture noise levels from aircraft flying directly overhead. Noise associated with on ground aircraft operations (taxiing, landing or take-off) is not able to be recorded by the noise monitoring terminals.
Will communities get more lateral noise?
Lateral noise towards Nundah and Nudgee may experience a slight increase, although noise levels are not expected to go beyond about 53dB for a typical 737 departing over Moreton Bay or 50 dB for a typical 737 arriving over the suburbs. The existing cross runway will cease operating in 2020 which will result in less aircraft overflying the area around Nudgee Beach. When the cross runway stops operations, Airservices Australia will undertake an analysis of data recorded at the Nudgee Beach noise monitoring terminal to assess if the terminal is providing relevant information for the local community.