One person was responsible for nine out of ten complaints about noise from aircraft use Dublin Airport last year.
The complainant filed 12,272 complaints in 2021 DAA with an average rate of 34 cases daily, the airport operator said.
Reports from individuals accounted for 90 per cent of complaints received by the airport operator about noise from planes taking off and landing in Dublin.
That’s nearly double the 6,227 complaints the same person filed in 2020. That’s despite the fact that total aircraft movements at Dublin Airport rose by just about 10 per cent to nearly 91,000 last year as air travel continued to be impacted by reduced international travel impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The unidentified complainant, who is said to live in Ongar, north-west Dublin, is largely responsible for a dramatic increase in complaints filed with the DAA since 2019.
The DAA previously received around 1,500 noise complaints each year, compared to a total of 13,569 last year. However, it would have been only 1,296 if the cases filed by the serial complainant had been excluded.
With the number of flights in 2022 returning close to pre-pandemic levels, the same person has already filed a total of 5,276 complaints in the first three months of this year – a daily average of 59 cases – out of a total of 5,573 reported cases by DAA.
However, the number of people who filed complaints with the DAA last year was just 191 – up from 128 in 2020.
Most complaints are made by residents living near Dublin Airport and on aircraft flight paths, particularly Portmarnock, Swords, The Ward and St Margaret’s.
However, complaints have been made by local residents to the south of the city including Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire, Ballybrack, Killiney and Sallynoggin and Dunboyne, Co Meath.
DAA’s noise and flight path monitoring system, which uses seven fixed noise monitoring terminals in North Dublin, shows that approximately 97 per cent of commercial flights using Dublin Airport in the past year have completed scheduled arrival and departure routes.
As part of a noise management plan, aircraft taking off from Dublin Airport should maintain a “noise preference route” – a trajectory designed to avoid overflying built-up areas where possible – and maintain a straight course for five nautical miles or reach an altitude of 3,000 foot before beginning a turn.
A Bay Lane terminal used to monitor departing flights from the main runway recorded 160 instances in the first half of 2021 when aircraft noise reached 80 decibels.
Most complaints relate to noise from planes flying into Dublin Airport at night. These also relate to departing aircraft that take off from the main runway in a westerly direction.
A DAA spokesman declined to comment on the large number of complaints filed by a single person, but said airport operators are committed to working with communities around the airport on issues such as aircraft noise.
The spokesman said aircraft noise is a shared responsibility between Dublin Airport, the Irish Aviation Authority and the airlines using the airport.
DAA said it responded to each individual complainant about the issues raised.
The spokesman said DAA had launched an online system called Webtrak so the public could get details of flight routes and noise levels from aircraft flying into Dublin Airport
“The system provides information on origin, destination, aircraft type, flight route and noise levels, which is registered at the airport’s noise monitoring terminals,” he added.
DAA said the system also offers a simplified way for individuals to file noise complaints.
The newly established Aircraft Noise Competent Authority (ANCA) has recommended the introduction of a noise rating system for night flights at Dublin Airport as part of an application by the DAA to amend the conditions for planning permission for a new runway.
ANCA has also proposed a voluntary noise abatement program for all homes that would be exposed to aircraft noise above 55 decibels.
Separately, DAA has introduced a voluntary home-buying program for all homes exposed to noise levels above 69 decibels when the new north runway is in operation.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/dublin-airport-got-12272-noise-complaints-last-year-from-just-one-person-41560228.html Dublin Airport received 12,272 noise complaints from just one person last year