Airport expansion could mean less noise in Del.

September 10, 2008 8:31:27 AM PDT
The Federal Aviation Administration says its preliminary analysis of two expansion proposals for Philadelphia International Airport shows that airplane noise over parts of northern Delaware could drop slightly if one the plans is approved. A draft environmental impact statement is expected to be published this month. A decision is expected next year on whether to go forward with either expansion plan, or not expand at all.

Under the expansion plans, the airport would add 25-35 gates, extend two runways and build a new 9,100-foot runway.

Northern Delaware residents have complained that noise from increased air traffic would ruin their quality of life. The FAA says traffic will increase even without an expansion.

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