Airlines ranked by noise level at Heathrow Airport

British Airways short-haul services have the quietest planes at Heathrow, according to the first list of airline noise performance at the airport.

The airline topped a 50-strong table compiled by Heathrow, with Virgin Atlantic's Little Red domestic service the second least-noisy carrier, and Irish airline Aer Lingus third.

The scores were based on noise levels during the period July to September. Of the listed airlines, 80% met Heathrow's minimum requirements on noise, with 94% meeting at least five of the six categories.

British Airways flies over a roof in West London on the approach to Heathrow Credit: Press Association

We are at the forefront of international efforts to tackle aircraft noise and are committed to continuing to reduce the number of people affected by noise.

The launch of the Fly Quiet programme signals our firm commitment to being transparent about aircraft noise and our progress in reducing its impact on local communities whilst still safeguarding the vital connectivity and economic growth that Heathrow provides.

– Matt Gorman, Heathrow sustainability director

Here is the list in full:

  • 1. British Airways - short haul
  • 2. Virgin Atlantic Little Red
  • 3. Aer Lingus
  • 4. American Airlines
  • 5. Qantas Airways
  • 6. Emirates
  • 7. United Airlines
  • 8. Delta Air Lines
  • 9. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • 10. Deutsche Lufthansa
  • 11. TAP Portugal
  • 12. British Airways - long haul
  • 13. Air Canada
  • 14. Etihad Airways
  • 15. Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • 16. Air India - long haul
  • 17. Singapore Airlines
  • 18. Air Malta
  • 19. Swiss International Airlines
  • 20. Germanwings
  • 21. Scandinavian Airlines System
  • 22. Malaysia Airlines
  • 23. Icelandair
  • 24. Cathay Pacific Airways
  • 25. Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • 26. Gulf Air
  • 27. Qatar Airways
  • 28. Vueling Airlines
  • 29. SN Brussels Airlines
  • 30. SriLankan Airlines
  • 31. Transaero Airlines
  • 32. Austrian Airlines
  • 33. Alitalia
  • 34. Turkish Airlines - short haul
  • 35. Air France
  • 36. Iberia
  • 37. Jet Airways
  • 38. Cyprus Airways
  • 39. US Airways
  • 40. TAROM
  • 41. Egyptair - long haul
  • 42. Aegean Airlines
  • 43. Aeroflot - short haul
  • 44. Finnair
  • 45. European Air Transport
  • 46. South African Airways
  • 47. Turkish Airlines - long haul
  • 48. Thai Airways
  • 49. El Al
  • 50. LOT