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We help people who experience nuisances from aviation and worry about the impact of noise and emissions on their health

  • We definitively understand your problems
  • We can give support because we have experts that want to share expertise
  • We put experts and activists from different airports and regions in contact to exchange experience and best practices
  • We organize technical courses on aircraft noise and emissions related issues
  • We support in legal and political battles, we have lawyers, economists, media experts and spin-doctors
  • We represent citizens in international gremials (like the Industry does)
  • We coordinate EU-wide and global actions and protests


We act in a lot of areas

Night flights Dealing with aircraft noise  |  Noise and the WHO guidelines  |  Noise measurement  |  Noise Metrics  |  Airport growth  |  NOx and other emissions Ultra fine particles  |  Challenge powerful organisations  |  Citizens Protest Groups  |  Noise and health risks  |  Find the way at European level  |  Identify best practices from all over the world  | Economic costs of aviation  |  State Aid to Airports and Airlines  |  Hydrogen and synthetic fuels

Latest statistics of the main European airports

Video of the Last Webinar: The Balanced Approach

UECNA has put on a series of popular and informative webinars, covering a wide variety of topics.
An overview with links to the recordings and presentations can be found here.

The last one was on 4th March 2024

How can we reduce air noise pollution?

Residents and the Dutch Government told the special story of how they are working together and outline the EU barriers they face.

Matt Poelmans is one of the residents’ representatives around Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Board Member of UECNA. Mr. Poelmans explained how residents managed to convince the government that reduction of the number of flights is necessary.

Heleen Groot from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management then explained what problems you can encounter if you follow the prescribed Balanced Approach procedure.

You can watch the video of the webinar here

The first webinar of 2024 was on 31st January 2024 with the topic: The potential of rail to replace short-haul flights. You can look back the webinar here. The slides are integrated in a paper, including some of the comments made in the discussion.

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You will be sent a Zoom link shortly before the next webinar

The week of John Stewart: No 1

The Potential of Night Trains

One of the most exciting things in recent has been the return of night trains across Europe. Many of them had disappeared. It was thought they could not compete with budget, short-haul flights. But they are back and popular. And there will be more of them starting up over the next few years.

People will travel longer distances by train at night because it suits them to spend longer on the train. The EU believes that during the day 500 km is maximum distance rail travel could be a more attractive option than plane.

But that changes at night. Back on Track Europe has found:

For the majority of short (500 – 1,500 km) and medium haul (1,500 – 3,500 km) flights, night trains are the best alternative, because most people are not willing to spend 6 hours or more of their daytime on a train. The advantage of night trains is the possibility to sleep while travelling and cover a distance of up to 2,000 km, or even up to 3,000 km when combined with high speed rail.

Of course the trains need to be modern and comfortable. Many of the new operators, including private operators, are brining in new trains. They also need to be affordable and simple to book.

Rail would become more competitive if the tax exemptions, like no tax on aviation, were removed. But the potential for the growth in night trains in real. You can read more about it here:

John Stewart, Chair UECNA


Results so far (1/3):
1 Noise nuisances : 21% |  2 Health effect : 16%  |  3 Reduce the number of flights : 12%  | Ban on night flights : 11%  |  5  Emissions :  10%  |  6  Taxes on kerosene and tickets :  7%   |  7  International cooperation : 5%  |  8  Influence the EU :  4%  |  9/10  Getting stronger as an organization / Ban on short-haul flights : 3%

The Importance of Working at a European Level

Air transport and airport-related activities are responsible for noise pollution and emission of toxic pollutants. The noise – especially at night – and the pollutants have both proven to have serious adverse effects on human health. In particular causing high blood pressure leading to cardiovascular diseases and death.

Our health is precious and needs respect and protection.

All stakeholders, ie. operators of airports, air carriers and aircraft builders, but also aviation administrations and politicians, must take into consideration the populations who suffer from the impact of air traffic. Today, the aviation lobby is so powerful that is it very difficult for the population living under flight paths to be heard.

We want to provide a voice for residents living in the vicinity of airports across Europe

Because airports are in competition with one another, any restrictions applicable to one airport will be considered a disadvantage when compared to other airports. Therefore, restrictions will only be accepted if they are applied to all airports. We want to work with the European commission and the European Parliamentarians to ensure that residents living under flight paths have a voice.

The future of all of our airports must be decided at European level.


The ever increasing air traffic causes serious noise and air pollutions which have adverse health impacts on the populations overflown by aircraft at low altitude The number of people affected by these pollutions is also increasing despite the European legislation and improvement in technologies.

Communities near airports are also deeply concerned about the rise in CO2 and non-CO2 emissions from aviation, which are a threat to the climate.

If the growth of aviation is not severely constrained, air traffic will largely negate the effects of national efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. Residents’ organizations all over Europe believe that the growth of aviation must be limited.

UECNA summons the EU:

  • Noise: to ensure a substantial reduction in noise nuisances caused by aviation, starting with a reduction of night flights with a view to a total ban on night flights to allow an 8-hour night;
  • Air pollution: to reduce emissions from aviation (including UFP) to protect the health of people living under flights paths and near airports, and to prevent further environmental degradation;
  • Climate: to force airlines, like all companies, to reduce their CO2 emissions in the context of the Paris Agreement;
  • Sustainable travel: to levy taxes on air tickets and jet fuel and to enhance comfortable train connections at competitive prices, so that many short European flights can be cancelled.

Why donate?

Aviation has a major impact on people living near airports. Noise and air pollution significantly harm people’s health and meaningful improvements cannot be expected in the first decades, despite all the sweet talk from the aviation lobby.

The predicted growth of aviation will only make things worse. We citizens cannot tolerate more noise and toxic emissions and we are also seriously concerned about nature and the climate.

Caps must be introduced at all airports to limit the number of flight movements, reduce air pollution, reduce noise pollution and limit the impact on the climate.

How can such caps be achieved?

To achieve this you have to be active in many areas: in your own government and parliament, at the EU in Brussels and at ICAO in Montreal. We must mobilize people to commit themselves to health, nature and climate as a result of far too much air traffic. UECNA is also the only international residents’ organization that fights against aircraft noise.

We organize webinars for people from all over the world. Because planes are everywhere, they cause nuisance everywhere, with the aviation lobby almost everywhere having politics in its pocket. But UECNA can help you, based on mountains of experience, with countless ways to make it clear to the aviation sector that they need to tone down.

We hope you understand that we need a lot of money to achieve all these goals. And we do not receive any subsidies or sponsorship. So we depend on your donations! They really help bring our goals closer.

Thank you very much!

UECNA with the U of  Unique:

The voice for airport community groups in Europe

UECNA is the only Europe-wide organisation which represents airport communities at the European Parliament, the European Commission and at the International Civil Aviation Organisation. It also supports organisations and citizens with expert advice and by exchanging information, experience and best practices.

Our Mission

To represent, inform and protect citizens affected by the adverse impacts of air traffic at European airports.

Our Aims

  • To reduce the annoyance and impact on the health and on the quality of life of citizens affected by aircraft noise and air pollution
  • To ensure that noise and air pollution from aircraft are duly taken into account when measures to reduce the environmental impacts of aviation are considered
  • To reflect the concerns, anxieties and anger of citizens impacted by aircraft noise and air pollution
  • To strengthen the network of community groups to share expertise, experience and best practices.

UECNA is run by representatives from grassroots organisations from across Europe.

If you join, you get the chance to:

  • Tell the rest of Europe about your airport and benefit from others’ experience
  • Join Europe-wide campaigns
  • Influence the European Union and international aviation organisations
  • Receive regular information on new developments
  • Be part of a growing movement to tackle the local impacts of aviation
  • Meet fellow campaigners from across Europe
  • Influence UECNA’s strategy

UECNA is represented on:

ICAO (International Civil Aviation Authority)  |  European Commission’s Noise Experts Group  | EASA (European Union Safety Agency) |  EAEG (European Aviation Environmental Group)  | T & E (Transport & Environment)

The more members we have, the more resources and the more influence we will have.  Our voice will be stronger. So join us!

Find out how to become a Member


Taking action can help

On our Actions page you’ll find a lot of examples

And there is room enough for new ideas.

Various actors that can stimulate the reduction of nuisances: residents (R), organisations of residents (O), scientists (S), political parties (P), municipalities (M), governments (G), European members of parliament (E), celebrities (C) and UECNA (U).


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Renewal of the board (28 October 2023)

Successes & Strategies

Over 50 Years Of Relevant Fighting

  • UECNA was founded in 1968
  • We are the only international organization against aircraft noise
  • EANS noise measurement system
  • Permanent pressure on the aviation industry
  • At the table wih ICAO
  • Growing wiser and stronger with your influence

A list of Strategies to reduce aircraft nuisances

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Who We Are:

UECNA is an independent organisation aiming at protecting population under planes flight paths.

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