Canberra Airport has Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs) made up of Preferred Runways, Preferred Flight Paths and Noise Abatement Areas (NAAs). As directed by the Minister for Transport, Airservices Australia has undertaken a review of the NAPs. This has been based on 2009 operations. The review includes determining compliance levels of operations with the NAPs, as well as considering the effectiveness of the NAPs and options for making them more effective.
The review found that the communities around Canberra Airport are well served by a range of NAP components that are effective and have high levels of compliance. As a result of the NAPs, noise impacts compare very favourably with other Australian capital city airports, and there are few opportunities to improve outcomes.