Airport curfews

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    Airport curfews help reduce noise from late night flights and are legally enforceable. Failure to comply is a criminal offence that may result in significant fines.

    Not all airports in Australia have curfews. Curfews are currently in place at 4 airports (Sydney, Adelaide, Essendon and Gold Coast /Coolangatta) between 11 pm and 6 am. The restrictions limit what aircraft can land and take off, and, in some cases, the runways that can be used.

    While curfews prohibit most aircraft flight operations during this period, there are some exceptions such as:

    • emergency aircraft
    • some small jets
    • propeller-driven aircraft
    • freight movements.

    Read about how airport curfews are managed by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the department).

    The complaints process

    To submit feedback or a complaint about an airport breaking curfew you can:

    To complain about noise from a specific flight or aircraft see Aircraft noise.