New O’Hare plan aims to make nighttime flights easier on neighbors

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CHICAGO – Chicago's Department of Aviation submitted its new plan for nighttime flights in and out of O'Hare Airport.

It's a high-decibel issue, finally coming in for a landing at O'Hare.

On the job for a year now, Chicago's Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans says the 9-month plan to help alleviate noise for neighbors surrounding O'Hare has landed on the FAA's desk.

“The technical experts came up with the plan. They looked at historic usage, wind patterns and looked at a bunch of combinations,” Evans said.

The proposed test is the first of its kind in the country and would affect about 80 arrivals and departures daily. Nighttime and overnight takeoffs and landings will now be spread out on a 12-week rotation. The runways used for arrivals and departures will also be rotated from week to week.

It’s the jumping-off point to quiet residents who, for years, have complained that air traffic simply was too much.

“A lot of people in those communities work at O'Hare and they do understand that there is a business necessity of moving those planes,” Evans said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to approve the plan after a review.

The full Fly Quiet Plan is available online at flychicago.com/flyquiettest.