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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

Enquiries/complaints concerning aircraft flying to or from a specific airport should be directed to the airport concerned. They will be best placed to provide information on their operations and may be able to take action if the aircraft is flying in breach of their noise abatement procedures. We’ve included contacts for the larger airports on this page. Details for smaller aerodromes are usually available online.

An airport’s operating hours and other noise restrictions are often set out in the planning agreement so your local planning authority may be able to provide more information about restrictions that are in place.

If a particular aircraft is causing noise nuisance but is not breaching the Rules of the Air we don’t have legal power to restrict its activity. We advise that if possible you contact the operator of the aircraft. If you know the registration of the aircraft, you’ll find the owner’s name and address on our aircraft database. UK registrations begin with a G- followed by four more letters.

We have no authority over military aviation in the UK. To register an enquiry/complaint about military aircraft activities, please call the Ministry of Defence on 0845 600 7580 or click for more information about low flying military aircraft.

Contact details for larger airports

Airport Contact Number Email Address / Contact Form
Heathrow 0800 344 844 noise_complaints@heathrow.com
Gatwick 0800 393 070 noise enquiry form
Stansted 0844 335 1803 stanstednoiseline@stanstedairport.com
Manchester 08712 710 711 Noise complaint form
Birmingham 0121 767 7433 Community complaint form
Edinburgh 0800 731 3397 edicommunications@edinburghairport.com
Glasgow 0800 013 2429 contact form
Inverness 0166 746 4000 infoATC@hial.co.uk

If you would like to contact us about issues with airspace access or air traffic service refusals, please complete and return Form FCS 1522. You can also complete and return Form FCS 1521 if you wish to contact the us about aircraft noise or other concerns about the use of UK airspace such as low flying aircraft.