Community members attempt to have their voices heard over air traffic noise
The flight path of the newest runway at the Calgary International Airport has altered the lives of those living below prompting a call for changes.
On Thursday night, residents of several communities packed into the Marlborough community centre for an open house on aircraft noise hosted by the Calgary Airport Authority.
Since the airport opened its second runway in 2014, the neighbourhoods of Whitehorn, Marlborough, and Southview have been barraged with around-the-clock noise from turning aircraft overhesad .
Some, including Ward 10 councillor Andre Chabot, question why NAV Canada will not alter flight paths to minimize the impact on Calgary’s citizens.
“They’re not flying far enough before they’re making their hard left,” said Chabot “This whole idea that they have to turn, fly-in, at four miles, why can’t they turn flying in at seven or eight miles and then force the planes that are taking off to turn over the industrial so there isn’t a conflict.”
Chabot says many of the impacted neigbourhoods were not privy to the information provided at open houses prior to the opening of the airport’s new runway.
“Some of the consultation that occurred didn’t necessarily occur in the communities that are directly impacted by this,” “I attended all of the open houses that they had prior to opening of the runway and they were all in different parts of the city, not in these communities.”
“The people are frustrated because they don’t feel like they had an opportunity to be engaged.”
Jody Moseley of the Calgary Airport Authority says the concerns of Calgarians are not falling on deaf ears.
“I hate to hear about people who think they're not being heard,” said Moseley. “They are being heard, but we're a very heavily-regulated industry, safety is number one, and anything that we can investigate and look at sometimes take time. Sometimes it's outside of what can be permitted in regulations.”
Moseley says all community members, including residents and the airport itself, need to consider the future of air travel in and around Calgary.
“We can continue to look at those operational options that we can put in place and really it’s about making sure the aircraft are as straight in and straight out as they can be.”
According to Moseley, the Calgary Airport Authority and NAV Canada will review the feedback received during Thursday’s open house.