STAFF REPORTER MANAGEMENT at Palma airport have set up a noise control programme in an endeavour to improve the quality of life of residents living in surrounding areas.

The airport now has use of a pioneering noise control system (SIRPA) using the latest technology. Together with the airports of Madrid and Barcelona, Palma is now spearheading this pioneering environmental improvement project in Spain. Other more basic measures are in force to limit noise damage - training flights are banned between 11pm and 7am and at weekends. Turbo propeller aircraft flying during the day-time are forbidden to use the runway committing them to flying over Can Pastilla, engine revving is restricted and reverse thrust can't be used at night. The SIRPA system monitors aircraft activity and makes a note of when noise has gone over permitted levels.