The leaching behaviour of a sulphide gold-silver ore was investigated in terms of a relationship between gold and silver extractions and cyanide consumption. Ninity five Au % and 88.0% Ag extractions were obtained under the determined conditions of 24 h leaching duration, -74 mu m particle size, 40% solids ratio, 4 g/dm(3) NaCN concentration, and 450 rpm stirring speed with NaCN consumption of 3.35 g/dm(3). Since the NaCN consumption was higher than in industrial applications, Pb(NO3)(2) and H2O2 additions and aeration using an air pump were tested during leaching in order to decrease the consumption. While Pb(NO3)(2) addition with aeration caused a decrease in the metal extractions, the individual or combined additions of H2O2 and aeration could not provide a reduction in the cyanide consumption. Therefore, the effect of the pre-aeration followed by cyanidation was tested. Eventually, applying 4 h of pre-aeration before a shorter leaching duration of 12 h provided 92.0% Au and 90.5% Ag extractions with a reduced NaCN consumption of 2.44 g/dm(3).