FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

How will the Olympics affect aircraft noise?

Some airports may experience an increase in traffic levels both prior to and following the Olympic Games due to the large number of participants and spectators that will be visiting the UK during this time.

During the Games, the Government has indicated that airspace restrictions will be placed around all Games venues as part of their plan to deliver a safe and secure Games. These will restrict the usual helicopter movements in the vicinity of the Olympic park and London. RAF Helicopters will be based at Greenwich and Ilford during the Games as part of the air security plan. Navy Lynx helicopters will be based on HMS Ocean docked at Greenwich

Also the Olympic Broadcasting Service will be operating around the Olympic Park and throughout London filming the sporting events and broadcasting to world media. Helicopters involved in filming events may be found at very low level depending on the circumstances; for example when following events such as the cycling road races.

There will also be the routine police, medical services and essential infrastructure operators.

RAF Typhoon aircraft will be based at RAF Northolt for the duration of the Games to provide Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) capability to intercept any aircraft believed to be a threat to UK security.