Environment / Aircraft Noise

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority has long recognized that plans, growth and operations must be sensitive to the environment, community, neighbors, passengers and airline partners.

Aircraft Noise

To reduce the impact of aircraft noise and track noise issues and concerns, the airports have:

  • Developed a Noise Compatibility Program and convened a Community Noise Forum (CNF) to monitor the program. For details, follow this Noise Compatibility Program link.
  • As of December 31, 2014, 3,694 of 3,740 families in the most noise-impacted areas near Louisville International Airport have been relocated to quieter neighborhoods through the Louisville Airport Improvement Program (LAIP) and the Voluntary Residential Relocation Program. Click here for more information about the Voluntary Residential Relocation Program.
  • Launched a sound-insulation program for areas north of the airport. Follow this link for details of the QuieterHome Program
  • Installed a state-of-the-art system to track aircraft operations at Louisville International Airport and Bowman Field Flight Track Display


For more information, visit What Affects Aircraft Noise and What the Airport is Doing About It or contact the Airport Authority’s Noise Officer Bob Slattery at (502) 363-8516 or E-mail bob.slattery@flylouisville.com

2011 Noise Exposure Maps Report and Appendices

Air and Water

Air emission inventories for Louisville International Airport and Bowman Field have been completed that will help determine the next steps to reduce airport emissions at each facility.

Procedures have been implemented to reduce fleet-idle time and unnecessary and redundant trips.

The terminal ramp has a diversion structure for aircraft de-icing.

There is a dedicated public transit system stop at the terminal and a self-contained, rental-car facility next to the passenger terminal (unlike shuttle bus operations that are common at many airports).


A bio-diesel tank has been installed to fuel our diesel-powered vehicles.

The Airport Authority is supporting technological, operational and efficiency advances that reduce the impact of carbon dioxide emissions through the Airport Council International’s 2008 Aviation and Environmental Summit.

There are automatic shutoff water fixtures in the passenger terminal and in most Authority buildings.

Rain sensors interrupt the cycle of irrigation systems when it’s raining.


At Louisville International Airport’s passenger terminal, automatic sensors adjust indoor and outdoor lighting taking advantage of the sunlight from the skylights; temperatures are automatically adjusted, based on the number of people and scheduled use; and high-efficiency light fixtures and bulbs are used indoors and out.

There are automatic light sensors in the restrooms of the Administration,  Maintenance and Public Safety buildings.

New chillers at the passenger terminal are 20 percent more energy efficient than those they replaced and use a more environmentally sensitive refrigerant.

LED taxiway lights are installed at Louisville International, which are four times more energy efficient than traditional fixtures.





Recycle bins for customers and employees are located in the terminal and Administration building for newspaper and aluminum.

Construction and Maintenance

When possible, asphalt and concrete are either re-used or recycled during airport construction projects.

Scrap wood and construction materials are stored for re-use and metals are recycled. Silt and erosion control measures are routinely installed for all projects.

Airport Operations

The following items are collected and segregated for recycling:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Anti-freeze
  • Batteries (vehicle and computer)
  • Computer and electronic equipment
  • Filters for liquids
  • Mercury vapor and fluorescent lamps
  • Motor and transmission oil
  • Plastic bottles
  • Scrap aluminum
  • Scrap steel
  • Tires

Airport Offices

  • Aluminum cans
  • Ink cartridges
  • Phone directories
  • Plastic bottles
  • White paper

In addition, only recycled copier paper is used.