The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) was given behind-the-scenes access to East Midlands Airport, to see night-time operations first-hand at the UK’s second busiest cargo airport and better understand the impact on the local area.
Established at the start of the year, ICCAN is a new non-statutory organisation that will provide independent, impartial advice to government, regulators and the aviation industry on how to manage aviation noise.
Each evening the Castle Donnington airport sees passenger flights replaced by a steady stream of arrivals and departures from delivery companies including DHL and UPS.
Late on Thursday 22 August, ICCAN Commissioners Rob Light and Colin Noble were given a tour by East Midlands airport as it switched to its night-time operations, and witnessed the logistics of planes arriving and unloading their cargo for sorting and further distribution.
The Commissioners were also given a tour of DHL’s recently opened sorting facility and were taken through plans for UPS’s new cargo hub. Due to the airport’s location, both companies have expanded their operations as the East Midlands site enables them to access 80 per cent of the country within four hours.
However, night-time operations also present the airport with challenges, particularly around noise.
Rob Light ICCAN Head Commissioner, said:
“This was a useful visit for us. Since being established earlier this year we have been visiting the twenty biggest busiest airports across the UK, but have mostly focused on the passenger side, so it was important for us to understand the logistics of the freight industry first-hand.
“As a key cargo hub, the airport is hugely important to the UK economy, but it is reliant on night flights and this obviously has noise implications.
“We had some really useful discussions, particularly about how we can get the freight industry to look at adopting quieter aircraft, which could help to reduce noise during the night.”
Notes to editors:
- The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) was established by the Government in January 2019 to act as the credible and impartial voice on all matters relating to civil aviation noise and how it affects communities.
- For further information, contact: Rupert Basham, ICCAN Media & Engagement Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org
Images from the visit:
Image 1: L-R, Sarah Bell, Public Affairs UPS, ICCAN Head Commissioner Rob Light, ICCAN Commissioner Colin Noble and Stephen Bolwell, UPS EMA Project Manager outside the new UPS cargo hub at East Midlands Airport
Image 2: L-R, ICCAN Head Commissioner Rob Light and Commissioner Colin Noble airside at East Midlands Airport watching a DHL delivery being unloaded.
Image 3: ICCAN Head Commissioner Rob Light being taken through the logistics of DHL’s freight operations at their cargo hub at East Midlands Airport by Lars Wirges, Vice President Operations at DHL’s EMA Hub.