Sleep disturbed: Airservices Australia abandons plans for flight path over southeastern suburbs


Residents are relieved that Airservices Australia has abandoned plans to have a flight path in their area.
Residents are relieved that Airservices Australia has abandoned plans to have a flight path in their area.

AIRSERVICES Australia has decided the changing of flight paths, which affected residents in the southeastern suburbs, has not provided an overall noise improvement and will not be pursued any further.

Residents were outraged initially when Airservices Australia decided to conduct a short study, which saw the residents in several suburbs including Canning Vale, Piara Waters, Huntingdale, Langford and Southern River heavily impacted by the noise.

Eight noise monitors were placed along the flight path including in Langford, Thornlie, and Canning Vale as well as a host in the Cockburn area.

The study showed that on average there were 4.2 aircraft departures at a time that was likely to cause sleep disturbance. That exceeded Airservices assessment criterion of three flights.

“This number of flights exceeds Airservices assessment criterion of three flights for this proposal and therefore confirms the original conclusion that the initiative did not provide an overall noise improvement,” a statement released online said.

“Airservices had previously indicated that if the validation confirmed the environmental modelling, this initiative would not be pursued further.

“We consider this flight path change initiative to now be closed. The Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study is now complete and a summary is available.”

Canning Vale resident Joanne Norman said she was very relieved.

“To have departures at night would have just been terrible,” she said.

“It was a huge relief for residents of Canning Vale, Langford and surrounding suburbs.”