Estimates of the numbers of people annoyed by aircraft noise at 10 regional airports in August 1972 are compared with the figure for London (Heathrow). Despite a considerably smaller passenger traffic volume the 10 regional airports as a group are estimated to adversely affect as many people as does Heathrow suggesting that in terms of relative noise nuisance it may be better to concentrate traffic at a single large airport rather than to disperse it to a number of smaller ones. The noise burden factor concept (the number of man-days of serious noise annoyance per passenger movement) provides a means for comparing airport noise efficiencies. As well as quantifying the fact that Heathrow can be regarded as a better neighbor than some of the regional airports, calculations of this factor show that the noise problem in the U.K. is rather worse than that in the U.S.A., due primarily to higher population densities. It is estimated that in the U.K. as a whole, more than 1.5 million people near commercial airports are seriously annoyed by aircraft noise.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Loughborough University of Technology

    Department of Transport Technology
    Loughborough,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Deva-Aditya, N J
    • Hooper, R D
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

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  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00180123
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TT-77-4
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM