To maintain safe operations, take-off and landing patterns are primarily determined by wind direction and weather. Second to safety is the desire to minimize the impact of aircraft noise on residential areas. CVG has a longstanding commitment to addressing noise concerns:
- Majority of nighttime activity is directed over less populated areas
- Industry-leading flight tracking system monitors compliance
- Designated departure corridors are designed to keep larger jets away from residential areas
Daytime Operations (7am-10pm): Aircraft takeoff and land into the wind. Based on historical south/southwest wind conditions at CVG, approximately 80% of the time aircraft land over the north (south flow) and takeoff to the south and west. North winds and poor weather conditions require north operations (takeoff to the north and west and land over the south), which is approximately 20% of the time. Large jets are required to adhere to noise abatement departure procedures established for each runway. Regional jets and/or prop aircraft can turn on course when instructed by Air Traffic Control.
Nighttime Operations (10pm-7am): The nighttime program at CVG was established to focus the majority of nighttime traffic over the west side of the airport (arrivals to Runway 9 over the west and departures from Runway 27 to the west). The center north/south runway (Runway 18C/36C) is designated as the alternate nighttime runway.
If you have a current noise concern you can: