Noise Insulation Schemes

The Noise Insulation Schemes is intended to minimise the nuisance caused by the noise produced by aircraft.

Aena carries out Noise Insulation Plans (PAA) in areas surrounding all airports in its network that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment, as a result of evaluating the environmental impact of its expansion projects, has included as part of the resolution that concludes said evaluation and in which said action is determined to be necessary.

These plans are also carried out to comply with law 5/2010, of 17 March, regarding the execution of soundproofing actions included in the Action Plans associated with Noise Abatement in the Aena network of airports.

The execution of Noise Insulation Plans is intended to minimise nuisance around airports due to the noise of aircraft during take off, landing, taxiing, testing engines, etc.

These Noise Insulation Plans are executed in housing and sensitive use buildings (education, healthcare and cultural uses requiring special protection from noise pollution), which are included in the isophone area of the corresponding airport, and which have a building permit dated before the publication in the Official Gazette of the Spanish State of the applicable resolution, with the intention of ensuring that the interior of these buildings meet the acoustic quality standards applicable to habitable interior spaces covered by table B of annex II of Royal Decree 1367/2007, of 19 October, implementing Law 37/2003, of 17 November, on noise, referring to acoustic zoning, quality standards and noise pollution.

Briefly, the execution of the Noise Insulation Plans means completing the following actions:

  1. Inclusion of dwellings in said Plans.
  2. Measuring the existing acoustic insulation in these homes in order to determine possible requirements for supplementary insulation
  3. Drawing up and approving the corresponding noise insulation project.
  4. Execution and verification of the action.
  5. Payment for the action.

It should be noted that these actions are part of a procedure in which both the interested parties and the relevant administrations for the area actively participate.

Aena is currently in the process of completing acoustic insulation actions in the areas surrounding the following airports: A Coruña, Alicante-Elche, Barcelona-El Prat, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, La Palma, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife Norte, Valencia and Vigo.

Noise Abatement Plans
Indicator 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Approved Noise Insulation Plans 16 17 19 20 19
Census of dwellings with right to request noise insulation 21.850 26.404 27.078 27.197 29.670
Housing in which there have been acoustic insulation actions 15.300 16.390 17.498 17.958 18.725
Aena has invested almost 275 million Euros towards the execution of Noise Insulation Plans between 2000 and 2013.

Aena reports all these actions to the corresponding Environmental Monitoring Committees responsible for monitoring and managing the Noise Insulation Plans.

Also, for the execution of these action, Aena has a Management Office in charge of information, execution, control and management of the Noise Insulation Plan: Avda. del Partenón, 4-6, 3ª planta. 28042 Madrid. Telephone: 915 903 170.

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