A flight path trial that many blamed for increasing plane noise over Auckland is coming to an end. The Northern SMART approaches trial finishes at the end of the month.
It has seen planes take different flight paths with the aim of improving flight path and aircraft efficiency.
Reducing the impact of aircraft noise on the community was also a goal of the trial.
But residents in some central suburbs and Mangere Bridge claim noise increased.
The airport is sticking to its position that most of the noise complaints it received were outside the hours the trial was in operation.
Now a draft report will be made available for industry and community feedback in March next year, with a final report expected later in 2014.
Information from airlines, Airways New Zealand, community feedback and information from noise monitors will be considered when putting the report together.
The trial, which began in November 2012, is an initiative between Airways New Zealand, Auckland Airport and the Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand. Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar took part in the trial.
Airways general manager of operations Pauline Lamb says SMART approaches are being trialled around the world.
"An efficient and connected Auckland is in everyone's best interests and we are committed to working with the industry to ensure an optimal outcome."
People can give feedback on the SMART approaches trial, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256 8133.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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