An independent noise ombudsman should be established to help cut down on disruption people living under flight paths and near airports, says Virgin Atlantic.

The airline – which carries more than five million passengers a year from UK airports – is calling for a noise watchdog in the UK, as is in place in other countries including France.

Currently the only government legislation on aviation noise covers night flights.

The Civil Aviation Authority monitors noise impact at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted but other airports have to monitor their own noise levels.

Virgin is calling for an independent, government-appointed ombudsman to record and report on noise for residents across the country, the London Evening Standard reported.

The watchdog should also “have the ability to introduce noise measures in a fair and sustainable manner,” according to the airline.

Virgin has set itself a target of a 75% reduction in noise energy per flight by 2020.

It will be meeting MPs, industry groups and residents in the coming weeks.

Heathrow named and shamed its noisiest airlines earlier this month – Thai Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, El Al, Iberia and Finnair.