Complaints about Midway Airport noise are on the rise


CHICAGO (AP) - Residents around Chicago's Midway International Airport are complaining more about loud, low-flying aircraft.

The Chicago Department of Aviation released a report Thursday showing noise complaints from April through June totaled 4,844. That is more than double the number of complaints filed in the first three months of the year. The FAA says Midway handled about 700 daily flights on average in April through June.

The Chicago Tribune reports the complaints from city and suburban residents have increased since the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a change in flight paths in February 2014. The change sends planes from over Lake Michigan over an expressway and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to land on a runway that runs northeast to southwest.

City officials note that 76 percent of them in the second quarter came from only six addresses.

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