Passengers are missing their flights due to new airport rules

Published on : Monday, December 6, 2021

Airports are usually bustling with noisy announcements telling passengers when to catch their flight.

But many airports are stopping overhead speakers making flight calls to become ‘silent airports’ and it’s causing some people to miss their flight.

Silent airports are airports that are trying to cut down on the amount of background noise in terminals, and there are two in the UK.

London City and Bristol airports are among a handful of airports worldwide that have stopped making announcements over the speakers to reduce noise.

The only exception is in emergencies, when children have been lost or found, and some flight delays.

Angela Gittens, Director General of Airports Council International (ACI), said that many airports were trialling the silence to keep passengers calm while travelling.


Passengers can wind down while they wait for their flight to board in the common airside lounges, commercial, and food and beverage areas.

But there are no final calls and no call-outs for late passengers, which has caused some passengers to miss their flights.



Where in the world are silent airports?


Amsterdam Schiphol, the Netherlands

Barcelona El Prat Airport, Spain

Bristol Airport, UK

Cape Town International Airport, South Africa

Delhi Airport, India

Dubai International Airport

Cancún International Airport, Mexico

Chennai Airport, India

Eindhoven Airport, Germany

Helsinki Airport, Finland

Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore, India

London City Airport, UK

Mumbai Airport, India

OR Tambo International airport, South Africa

Punta Cana International Airport, Dominican Republic




All info on screens. The effect is absolutely remarkable- it’s busy but perfectly pleasant to be in. Wish others would follow suit!

Others found it much funnier, with one man writing on social media – In Mumbai airport, they ring a bell before they announce (even though it’s a silent airport), but the bell sounds same as undertaker’s entry music.





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