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Noise complaints shift along with flight routes

  • September 28, 2007 - 9:21 PM

Whither the flight paths, the noise complaints follow.

Runway repairs at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which are sending more flights over the Twin Cities, have complaints up there, and down in Eagan and Burnsville.

Overall, average daily complaints dropped from 190 in July to 160 between mid-August and mid-September, the first month of construction, according to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).

The breakdown shows that Minneapolis went from an average of 13 complaints per day to 34; St. Paul went from one to nine. Eagan dropped from 78 to 36 daily complaints on average, Burnsville fell from 18 to five.

Some recent weather that caused a reduction in flights probably helped cut down complaints, MAC spokesman Patrick Hogan said.

The same weather, however, is interfering with the repair work and is pushing the expected opening date to about a week later than the target date of Oct. 17, Hogan said.

H.J. CUMMINS

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