CHICAGO - Neighbors as far west of O'Hare airport as Winfield are complaining about the noise the airport's new flight patterns is making. While few complaints have been formally filed by residents in the DuPage County community, protests abound from citizens just to the east. A Daily Herald story reports today:
O'Hare's latest runway ... revolutionized air traffic at O'Hare from a multidirectional approach to a predominantly east or west flow. That's led to a surge in noise complaints from towns including Bensenville, Itasca, Wood Dale, Addison and northwest areas of Chicago.
In Bensenville, for example, noise complaints shot up from one in March 2013 to 332 from 34 households in March 2014, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.
But the new runway's not the only noise bomb hitting unsuspecting neighborhoods. ... The FAA instituted rule changes at O'Hare in April. The revisions mean restricted use of Runway 32L, a workhorse runway that departs to the northwest. Two runways that depart to the southwest and west are picking up the slack.
The changes also limit use of Runway 4L, which departs to the northeast. As a result, two runways departing to the east are handling more aircraft.
Residents of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's 8th CD are complaining, she told the Daily Herald.
"I've also asked the FAA to use more runways at the airport so that there will be less noise congestion from the airplanes waiting on runways," Duckworth said in an email.
"It is crucial that improvements at O'Hare do not hurt the quality of life for my neighbors."