How aircraft noise has spread

People’s own stories of living under the flight path.

A feature of the last few years is the way aircraft noise has become a problem outside the traditional areas of West London. There are two basic reasons for it. One, the steady increase in the number of planes using Heathrow has meant that many of them start to line up to begin their final approach much further from the airport than previously.

Two, the increase in the number of jet aircraft (replacing the smaller and quieter turbo-props) using London City Airport has required new and extended flight paths to allow the jets to land and take off.

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