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House of Commons Hansard
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Heathrow Airport: Noise
29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the total (a) area and (b) population was within the (i) 57, (ii) 60, (iii) 63, (iv) 66, (v) 69 and (vi) 72 dBA noise contours at Heathrow Airport in each year from 2000 to 2009. [323780]

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The following statistics have been extracted from the annual aircraft noise contour reports covering Heathrow airport, which are available on the Department’s website. They relate to the actual modal split contours. Standard contours—based on a 20-year average of east/west splits—are also available in the reports.

Leq level dBA

Area sq km

Population

2000

57

135.6

275,200

60

78.7

138,700

63

48.2

71,900

66

30.9

29,200

69

19.0

11,500

72

10.2

3,100

2001

57

117.4

240,400

60

68.1

108,000

63

41.2

54,900

66

25.5

21,500

69

14.1

6,800

72

7.1

1,500

2002

57

126.9

258,300

60

71.9

122,600

63

43.8

64,200

66

28.7

29,300

69

16.4

8,600

72

8.4

2,900

2003

57

126.9

263,700

60

71.1

128,600

63

43.8

64,600

66

28.1

28,800

69

15.6

8,000

72

8.3

2,500

2004

57

117.4

239,700

60

66.7

105,300

63

40.3

55,900

66

24.4

21,000

69

13.3

5,700

72

6.5

1,500

2005

57

117.2

251,700

60

64.4

110,500

63

39.1

51,800

66

23.7

16,400

69

12.4

3,900

72

6.5

800

2006

57

117.4

258,000

60

63.9

110,200

63

38.4

51,200

66

23.3

15,900

69

11.9

3,600

72

6.4

700

2007

57

119.6

251,900

60

65.3

100,400

63

37.6

45,100

66

23.1

16,200

69

12.2

3,700

72

6.4

700

20081

57

123.1

268,450

60

66.2

103,650

63

37.7

47,100

66

22.8

15,950

69

11.8

3,900

72

6.1

650

1 Contour reports for 2000-07 contain population figures rounded to nearest 100. In 2008 population figures were provided to nearest 50.

Figures for 2009 will be published as soon as they are available.