Figure 1. Location of Catania Airport
Catania Airport is the 6th largest airport in Italy in terms of passenger volume, with over 9 million passengers, 6700 tonnes of cargo and 68000 flights in 2017. The airport has only one runway and is located 5 km away from the City of Catania.
The airport is located within the governance of the Catania City Council, however, the aircraft are mainly operating over the territory of Misterbianco, where no residential buildings are present.
From a legislative point of view, the noise zoning system with noise maps was approved in 2005 by the Commission ex Article 5 of D.M. 31 October 1997 and Catania Council’s acoustic classification plan was approved on 4 March 2013. The airport complies with all Italian legislative requirements for noise impact assessment.
Additionally, in 2017, Catania Airport started drawing noise maps by using Integrated Noise Model software. The airport is monitoring its noise using three fixed and one mobile noise monitoring sites located within the airport’s land (see Figure 2).
Figure 2. Noise monitoring sites with the airport’s territory (source, page 7)