The Secretary of State for Transport has today announced the Government's intention to wind down the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) at the end of September 2021.
In doing so, he has asked the UK Civil Aviation Authority to take on some of ICCAN's functions by 1 April 2022. We welcome the opportunity to increase the scope of our work on this issue, including by continuing much of ICCAN's technical, research and policy advisory functions. Elements of ICCAN's work will not transfer to the Civil Aviation Authority given our wider regulatory role. The full scope and transfer of the activities that we will take over responsibility for will be agreed over the coming months.
The Civil Aviation Authority fully recognises the impact aviation noise has on local communities and other stakeholders, and we will exercise these new responsibilities with rigour and impartiality. In addition, we remain committed to making sure the views of those who are overflown are taken into account in any airspace decisions that might affect them, alongside other factors that we must consider.
For further information, please see the following correspondence between the Secretary of State and Richard Moriarty, the Chief Executive of the UK Civil Aviation Authority.