Canberra Airport has around 60,000 aircraft movements per year, made up of a mixture of passenger jets and smaller general aviation, including training flights. Canberra Airport had 3 million passengers pass through its terminal in 2012. The  Canberra Airport’s Master Plan is forecasting a four per cent annual growth in passenger numbers over the next 20 years.

Noise abatement

A noise abatement area applies to most areas of Canberra and Queanbeyan. Aircraft will normally be routed to avoid the noise abatement area, which covers most of Gungahlin, North Canberra, Belconnen, South Canberra, Woden, Tuggeranong and Queanbeyan.

Where it is not practical for aircraft to remain clear of those areas, flights over the noise abatement area are restricted to altitudes of 7000ft approximately 2100m by jet aircraft, and 5000ft approximately 1500m by larger propeller aircraft.

Flight paths

Jet arrivals almost completely avoid residential areas, expect for the western part of Jerrabomberra.

The majority of departures from Canberra Airport are to the north, avoiding residential areas. Aircraft heading to southern destinations fly over suburbs at altitudes above 5,000ft or 1500m. Departures to the south turn to the west shortly after take off to avoid flying over Jerrabomberra.


Legend: Red = Jet Arrivals, Green = Jet Departures

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