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Raleigh-Durham International Airport works with the community to make RDU a better and quieter neighbor.

How do we do that?

  • By increasing the number of quieter jets using RDU.
  • At RDU's request, air traffic controllers clear jet aircraft to 7,000 feet upon departure and keep inbound jet aircraft at a higher altitude of 8,000 feet until they cross over departing jet aircraft.
  • The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority adopted a Noise Abatement Policy that reduced aircraft noise and promotes compatible land uses.



The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority worked responsibly to balance the demand for increased service with the concerns of communities around the airport. Through the cooperative efforts of the Federal Aviation Administration, airlines and the community, we have seen, and more importantly heard, results from our noise abatement efforts.

Learning More About Aircraft Noise
Throughout this website, you will find links to external websites that will provide you more information on aircraft noise and noise reduction efforts taking place across the country.

Vision 2040 Master Plan
The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority is embarking on the preparation of an airport master plan study, Vision2040, to guide future development at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Learn more at


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