Big vote expected on MSP airport routes


The Metropolitan Airports Commission is meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, and members plan to vote on new airplane routes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport that would likely create more noise for residents in Eagan, Edina and south Minneapolis.

City officials in Minneapolis and Edina have said there has not been enough public input on the changes and it could be a very lively meeting, the Star Tribune reports. The newspaper has maps of current and proposed routes.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the proposed routes will improve safety and fuel efficiency. But many residents object and fear noise could increase as much as 150 percent, Fox 9 reports. They worry about quality of life issues and say the new routes will decrease home values.

In effect, flight paths that are spread out in the skies above the metro would be consolidated under the new plan to narrower corridors, KSTP explains.

The meeting is open to the public in room 3048A of the Lindbergh Terminal. KSTP has tips on how to get there and suggests anyone plan to attend bring a driver's license and get there at least an hour early.

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