Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

FAA Answer on Sunport Takeoffs Expected in August.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Patrick Armijo Journal Staff Writer

Northeast Heights residents should know sometime in August if federal officials will support a city recommendation that would require airlines to turn south on takeoffs from Albuquerque International Sunport.

A Feb. 12 letter from Federal Aviation Administration Regional Administrator Ruth Leverenz to Mayor Jim Baca said the agency will review a report by consultants recommending flight takeoff paths turn south rather than north in an effort to minimize noise over the heavily populated Northeast Heights.

Leverenz said the agency should release its review and recommendations by August.

However, she cautioned the August assessment of the report might call for further review before any rules are put in place requiring commercial planes to turn south. …

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