SAN DIEGO–County Supervisor Greg Cox said Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration issued a decision on airport flight path changes that could potentially reduce flight noise over local neighborhoods.
The decision was published by the FAA as part of a national air traffic rerouting plan. Last year, the FAA SoCal Metroplex Project proposed changing flight paths at the airport, which would have potentially increased the flights that travel through the center of Point Loma and increase the noise that affects residents. The decision released today eliminates last year’s proposal.
“This doesn’t solve all the problems related to flight noise for residents but it’s something the community and elected officials have been working together to achieve,” said Cox, who also serves on the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
“We have been working with Congressman Peters, Mayor Faulconer, Councilwoman Zapf and the community to get the FAA to be more responsive to the needs of the community and this decision is one of the objectives we’ve sought.”
In their Environmental Assessment published Friday, the FAA said:
“Residents were concerned that without a similar waypoint, the proposed design for the (old route) would lead to more aircraft flying over Point Loma more frequently than under existing conditions.”
The new departure flight path to be implemented in November routes planes well south of Point Loma, away from most neighborhoods.