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Brisbane Runway 19 Southern Departure Re-alignment

Airservices proactively works with Brisbane Airport and the community to improve aircraft noise outcomes. To reduce the impact of aircraft noise on local residents and at the request of the community, a flight path has been modified for southern departures from Brisbane Airport.

Existing and proposed departure paths

Existing departure flight path (pink) and proposed departure flight path (blue), green area shows the flight path corridor for aircraft departing from Runway 19.

What is being changed?

Some aircraft departing from Runway 19 at the southern end of Brisbane Airport fly over residential areas near the airport, including Pinkenba, Hemmant and Tingalpa.

The modified flight path will move approximately 200 metres west of the current flight path and 500 metres from Pinkenba, continuing to maximise use of non-residential land between the Brisbane River and Tingalpa.

How many aircraft use this flight path?

In 2013 around 22 000 flights used this path, averaging 53 flights a day, ranging from one to 137 on a single day. The change will not impact on the number of flights using this departure flight path.

Will I notice any increase or change in noise?

It is expected that there will be a reduction in aircraft noise for residential areas closest to the airport, particularly Pinkenba and Hemmant, with no noise increase at Tingalpa.

Why the change?

The modified flight path is expected to provide a minor reduction in aircraft noise for residential areas closest to the airport, including Pinkenba and Hemmant.

When will the change start?

Aircraft commenced flying the modified flight path in December 2014. A review of the change has been undertaken and a report is available. Airservices considers the change has been a success as a noise improvement.

Has an environmental assessment been done?

Yes. The modified flight path aims to balance environmental and operational impacts. Our analysis concluded the noise benefit from this change is expected to be minor. Read the environmental assessment summary.

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For more information

Contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) via:

  • 1800 802 584 (freecall)
  • our online form
  • mail to Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO Box 211, Mascot NSW, 1460

An interpreter service is also available on 131 450.