Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions here. If you cannot find the answer to your question about ICCAN, contact us.

If you would like to submit a Freedom of Information request, please email iccanfoi@iccan.gov.uk.

ICCAN has been established to act as an independent and impartial voice on aviation noise to help improve the public confidence in the way it is managed across the UK. We will do this by building our expertise, credibility and profile. To help us achieve this, ICCAN has three strategic priorities:
  • To increase trust, transparency and clarity in the aviation noise debate
  • To promote consistency, responsibility and accountability within the aviation noise industry and beyond
  • To establish our expertise, authority and credibility
ICCAN has published details of its work programme, including key dates, in its Corporate Strategy. Download ICCAN’s Corporate Strategy here.
ICCAN is an independent, non-statutory, advisory, arm’s-length body. We are independent and although we were set up and are funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), and have said we will challenge everyone and make our own recommendations. ICCAN is led by a Head Commissioner, Rob Light, and four other commissioners. It is supported by a small Secretariat. You can meet senior members of the ICCAN team here.

ICCAN is sponsored and funded by the DfT. However, we have been created as an independent, arm’s length body, able to make our own recommendations and required to act in an impartial, independent way.

Our remit is not to stop airports expanding; it is to ensure that aviation noise in the future is more effectively managed, and that its profile as a consideration in environmental impact assessments, health evaluations and planning considerations is increased.

We are a national body and the scope of our work will take us across the UK. Given the population density in the South East and the high volume of flight activity, we expect our work to be of huge importance there. However, we have already seen good practice from airports and communities outside the South East. We value the contribution to the debate on aviation noise made by all airports and their neighbouring communities.

As we develop guidance for airports on how they should engage with local communities, we will be looking at how Heathrow’s consultation activities enable people to have a meaningful say on the future plans of Heathrow and other airports.

There may be several reasons as to why a particular flightpath is chosen. It is not in ICCAN’s remit to change or influence the location of different flightpaths. However, we are involved with the process around how airspace is going to be modernised and how communities will be consulted on those changes.

We have met with hundreds of stakeholders, including local communities, as we have travelled around the country to learn more about aviation noise and how it affects people. To reach a fair and balanced view, we have also held meetings with airlines, airports, businesses and experts in the field of acoustics and aircraft technology.

ICCAN has not been set up to perform the function of a noise ombudsman, although we will review the need for future regulation and consider if it would be appropriate to establish one in the UK. We would encourage you to direct any noise complaints to your local airport.

The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation noise ceased operating on 30 September 2021.

You can read the Government’s statement on ICCAN’s closure and Head Commissioner Rob Light’s letter to the Minister to learn more.

Any further questions about ICCAN’s work or aviation noise should be directed to the Department for Transport.