Complaints Greet Calgary’s New Runway

Noise complaints are rampant since Calgary's new runway opened.

Noise complaints are rampant since Calgary’s new runway opened.

City of Calgary council members are looking at ways to reduce the use of a $600 million new runway at Calgary International Airport that was built to increase capacity and reduce congestion.

Council members say they’ve been inundated with noise complaints from residents since the 14,000-foot 17L/35R was opened with fanfare less than a month ago. Early morning and late night flights are sparking the most complaints from residents who have watched the runway being built over the past few years and which has been in the planning stages for more than 30 years.

“My office has been inundated, as a couple of other councillors have, in regards to noise complaints because people are upset they are getting woken up at 5:30 and 6 o’clock in the morning,” said Coun. Ray Jones at a council meeting earlier this week. “Is there anything we can do to enact or suggest a noise bylaw to the airport authority?”

Jones has lived in the same home for 37 years and was surprised by the change. Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Jones isn’t alone and he wants to discuss operation of the new runway with the airport authority.

Airport authority spokeswoman Jody Mosely told the Calgary Sun the organization will be happy to provide the city with any information it wants on operations and the noise studies it did.

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