Complaints against jet noise from O’Hare airport spikes

5 October 2014 (Last Updated October 5th, 2014 18:30)

The latest data from the Chicago department of aviation in the US has revealed that a large number of residents affected by O'Hare International Airport's jet noise are still filing their complaints.

The latest data from the Chicago department of aviation in the US has revealed that a large number of residents affected by O’Hare International Airport’s jet noise are still filing their complaints.

According to the latest data, a total of 30,249 complaints were registered in August as opposed to the 2,296 complaints that were recorded during the same month last year. The number was an increase from the data from July that recorded 27,956 calls from residents.

The issue of noise pollution started after the introduction of the new east/west flight patterns at the newly commissioned runway at the airport.

"The issue of noise pollution started after the introduction of the new east/west flight patterns at the newly commissioned runway at the airport."

Cities such as Bensenville and Itasca were the worst affected, as the former recorded a total of 4,145 complaints in comparison with only four the previous year. In Itasca, there were 1,962 complaints in August versus 151 in 2013.

While calls in Chicago reached 9,165 compared with 1,575 in 2013, Wood Dale’s 2014 complaints were 2,883 as contrasted to 58 in 2013. Places such as Park Ridge also saw a sharp rise in complaints from 196 last year to 1,450 this year.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is re-analysing a 2005 environmental impact study on the O’Hare airport due to its expansion. The study is a playbook for the project that creates a parallel runway system at O’Hare.

However, FAA administrator Michael Huerta has rejected requests for a new or supplemental environmental impact study, which has led to the formation of a ‘Quiet Skies Caucus’, which comprises 13 House Democrats, including two on the transportation and infrastructure committee that oversees the FAA.