Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Bankstown arrival

In November 2014 Airservices changed an existing flight path to Bankstown Airport.
This followed a review of air traffic control procedures to ensure they were appropriate for modern navigation aids and to further enhance the safe operations of Sydney’s airspace.

The change will see aircraft flying an ‘instrument’ approach into Bankstown Airport use a modified flight path which is about 2.5 kilometres west of the current flight path (see map below).

An instrument approach relies on a pilot navigating to the runway using ground based navigation aids and ‘instruments’ within the aircraft cockpit.

This means that the suburbs of Plumpton, Rooty Hill, Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Whalan, St Marys, Erskine and Minchinbury will see an increase in aircraft flying overhead at an altitude of around 3000ft (roughly 1km).

While residents of these suburbs may notice an increase in aircraft noise, even the noisiest aircraft will generate noise levels of just 60dB – roughly the same level of noise as a normal conversation.

Use of the new flight path is expected to be relatively low, with fewer than 10 flights on most days and rarely more than 20. The vast majority of these flights will be between 6am and 10pm.

A review of the change has been undertaken and a report is available. The report notes that community feedback demonstrates there was no noticeable noise impact on the community as a result of these changes. Airservices therefore considers the changes to have been successfully implemented.

Map showing flight path change

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.

We have put in place a range of feedback mechanisms and will include all community views and comments in the review process.