Tips for Homeowners

Looking to buy a home in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area and have concerns about aircraft noise? Below are some tips to help you make an informed decision.

Know the CVG Runways



  • Runway 9/27 (east/west) is the longest runway at 12,000 feet and is utilized as the primary nighttime runway. This runway is original to CVG, but it has been extended in length several times over the years.
  • Runway 18L/36R (eastern-most north/south runway) is 10,000 feet. This runway was built in 1990.
  • Runway 18C/36C (center north/south runway) is 11,000 feet and is currently designated as the alternate nighttime runway. This runway is original to CVG but has been extended in length several times over the years.
  • Runway 18R/36L (western-most north/south runway) is 8,000 feet and was built in 2006.

Check the Flight Patterns

Flight patterns affect most areas around CVG. Some areas may experience more air traffic than others due to wind, weather, or operational conditions. There can also be variation in the altitude of the airplanes for various reasons, both on departure and on approach. The Federal Aviation Administration is solely responsible for the movement of aircraft throughout the national airspace system and assigns headings, altitudes, etc. Familiarize yourself with our flight patterns here. Please note that the flight patterns may change per FAA regulations.

Assess the Homesite

Since noise is subjective, we encourage prospective homebuyers to listen to the aircraft activity in the street/subdivision of interest during different times of the day and night to determine if the level of aircraft noise is acceptable to you and your family. If you have questions regarding flight activity in a particular area, street, or subdivision, please feel free to contact CVG’s noise abatement staff.

Screen Information Carefully

Real estate agents, property developers, neighbors, and concerned citizens may not be familiar with aircraft operations at CVG. Do your own due diligence, and do not rely solely on what others share with you. While we highly encourage you to speak with potential neighbors regarding noise over the areas, keep in mind that noise is subjective. If you have technical questions regarding flight patterns, current aircraft operations, aircraft over-flight areas, or future growth at the airport, please call noise abatement staff.

Contact Noise Abatement Staff

Still have questions or concerns? Feel free to contact the CVG noise abatement line at 859-767-7020, or email us at