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Noise and environment - Montpellier Airport

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The associative, economic and political stakeholders concerned by noise pollution collectively drafted the Charter of Environmental Sound Quality, anticipating the provisions of Article L6361-6 of the Transportation Code.

In this domain, the airport constantly ensures maximum transparency through the following bodies:

  • The environment reception service.
  • The Permanent Committee.
  • The Advisory Board for the Environment.

  • Charter on Environmental Sound Quality - Montpellier Mediterranean Airport
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use of runways montpellier mediterranean airport


The rules of aerodynamics require planes to take off and land facing the wind.

This constraint accounts for changes in direction in the use of airport runways.

The airport has 2 parallel runways:

> Main runway (30R/12L) of 2600 meters.

> Secondary runway (30L/12R) of 1 000 meters.

runway map montpellier mediterranean airport


Runway orientation is expressed in tens of degrees relative to magnetic north. QFU is expressed by a two digit number:

> QFU 12 for a 125 ° orientation relative to magnetic north.

> QFU 30 for a 305 ° orientation relative to magnetic north.

QFU is accompanied by a letter (R or L) to distinguish the right runway (R) from the left (L). A plane takes off and lands into the wind, so it uses a QFU as take-off and landing direction:

> QFU 30 for take-off or landing facing northwest.

> QFU 12 for take-off or landing facing southeast.


The trajectories for each direction of runway use show how the planes move towards the transfer points of the nearby control centres.

Case 1: Runways 30R and 30L in use for take-offs and landings facing northwest.

runways 30r 30l for take offs landings facing northwest


Case 2: Runways 12L and 30R in use for take-offs and landings facing southeast.


runways 12l 30r for take offs landings facing southeast




Trajectories are primarily improved by:

  • Minimizing flight over cities.
  • Promoting the use of maritime space.
  • Avoiding concentrations of pollution.
  • Maintaining arrivals that fly over urban areas at sufficiently high altitudes.

green departure trajectory montpellier airport


In November 2007, the "Green" departure trajectory toward the Rhone Valley was commissioned. This trajectory is the result of consultation with municipalities adjacent to the airport, residents associations, airport operator, pilots, controllers, airlines and state services.

The main advantages are:

  • A decrease in the number of people under the flight path.
  • Flyover at higher altitude.


environmental code of conduct montpellier airport


October 7, 2008, the aeronautical professions signed the Montpellier-Mediterranean Airport Environmental Code of Conduct. The air transport signatories agreed to make an active contribution to achieving the objectives of the charter of environmental sound quality. They drafted this code on the understanding that respect for the environment is a vital element in the sustainable development of air transport.

Signatories of the Code of Conduct

DGCA, airline companies, civil aviation trade unions, pilot’s trade unions, general aviation and flight schools, airport operator, airport assistants and maintenance companies.

> Download the Environmental Code of Conduct.

> Consult the "Environmental Code of Conduct".



aircraft noise management montpellier mediterranean airport

Aircraft noise management © AMM

Aircraft noise measurement uses a system of noise measurement and trajectory monitoring, with two fixed noise sensors, installed at Georges Brassens primary school in Baillargues, and Lycée Champollion in Lattes, with continuous recording.


This system integrates different data sources (acoustic, weather, trajectographic, aeronautical), which are then correlated and viewed on an IGN map background.


Airport operations cannot develop without fully integrating environmental factors, particularly noise pollution. In the prospect of sustainable development, the limited company of Montpellier Mediterranean Airport, together with the aeronautical professions, local municipalities, associations and the competent administrative bodies, carries out a policy to reduce the noise generated by air traffic. To achieve this, all the stakeholders hold regular meetings in the bodies set up for dialogue and consultation.

Advisory Board for the Environment (CCE)

  • Missions
    Since its inception in 1991, the board is consulted annually on any important matters regarding the organization or operation of the aerodrome that could have an impact on the areas affected by noise.

  • Composition
    The decree of November 5, 2014 renewed the Advisory Board on the Environment of the Montpellier Mediterranean Airport.


The board members are divided into three categories equal in number under the chairmanship of the Prefect of the Herault or his representative:

  • 10 members of the aeronautics professional (airlines, flying clubs, pilots, air traffic controllers, airport operator).
  • 10 local authorities (The Agglomeration of Montpellier, Community of Municipalities of the Pays de l’Or, Regional Council and General Council).
  • 10 neighbouring residents' and environmental protection associations.

Also present at the meetings but without voting rights:  Civil Aviation, the Regional Directorate of the Environment, Development and Housing, the Department Directorate of Territories and the Sea.

Montpellier Mediterranean Airport S.A. provides the secretariat of the Advisory Board for the Environment.


  • Montpellier Méditerranée Airport environment assessment
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Monitoring Committee for the Charter of Environmental Sound Quality

As the working body for the Advisory Board for the Environment, the Monitoring Committee is organized in the same way. Its composition, although smaller, is modelled on that of the Board.

  • Missions
    Under the Charter of Environmental Sound Quality, the Monitoring Committee monitors implementation and compliance with the provisions of the Charter, it informs the Advisory Board for the Environment and proposes any amendments.

  • Composition
    The Committee meets under the chairmanship of the Prefect or his representative:
    • 6 representatives of Civil Aviation.
    • 1 representative of the Department of Territories and the Sea.
    • 2 representatives of the limited company Montpellier Mediterranean Airport.
    • 1 representative of the Agglomeration of Montpellier.
    • 10 representatives of the municipalities affected by noise from the airfield.
    • 5 representatives of residents associations.
    • 7 representatives of aviation professions.

The limited company Montpellier Mediterranean Airport provides the secretariat of the Committee.


  • Report of the Monitoring Committee of the Charter of 28/06/12
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  • Charter on Environmental Sound Quality - Montpellier Mediterranean Airport
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Environment Reception Centre

The Environment Reception Centre at the Airport is there to collect all complaints, comments and inquiries, and receive people from the surrounding municipalities in an environmental space.

Contact for the Environment Reception Service

Montpellier Mediterranean Airport SA
Quality - Environment - Airport Security ServiceC
S 10 001 - 34137 MAUGUIO CEDEX - FRANCE

Tel.: +33 4 67 20 86 99
Fax: +33 4 67 20 65 33



The decree of April 26, 2002 set new conditions for all French airports for drawing up Noise Exposure Maps. With the help of a monitoring committee composed of representatives of local municipalities, local aviation associations and professions, the Airport of Montpellier, in 2003, anticipated the possible development scenarios.

What is its purpose?

The Montpellier airport Noise Exposure Map should help protect the environment near the platform. Generally, these maps are designed to:

  • Avoid new residents moving into noise areas.
  • Enable future generations to develop an airport of European dimensions serving the Languedoc Roussillon region, thus promoting local economic development.

What is it?

The Map is illustrated by a graphic document of a scale of 1/25 000 showing the boundaries of the aerodrome, layout of the runways and noise contours delimiting zones A, B, C (optionally D), In different areas of the Map, planning rules have been defined. These are designed to prevent or reduce the possibilities of construction according to the vocation of buildings (especially in zones A, B and C). In Zone D, any new construction must provide soundproofing, and information must be issued to residents.

The Noise Exposure Map of Montpellier Mediterranean Airport was approved by the Prefect of Herault, on 15 February 2007.


  • Noise Exposure Map - Montpellier Mediterranean Airport
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noise exposure map montpellier mediterranean airport

Noise Exposure Map - Montpellier Mediterranean Airport © AMM

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