CHARLOTTE – Residents should notice a reduction in airplane noise after the Federal Aviation Administration allowed a key runway at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to reopen for landings.

Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-9) repeatedly contacted the FAA this year, asking the agency to examine how its decision to close the runway would negatively affect the airport’s noise abatement program. 

With the runway reopened, more airplanes are able to land following a flight path along Interstate 85 instead of flying over neighborhoods.

Numerous constituents, as well as the towns of Cornelius and Mooresville, asked Pittenger take action.

“Part of my job as a Congressman is to help Washington bureaucrats clearly understand the local problems their decisions create,” Congressman Pittenger said. “The FAA was rightly focused on safety, but after further review, was able to develop a new system that protects air travelers while minimizing the noise disruption for homeowners.”

Congressman Pittenger’s office regularly helps constituents resolve problems with issues involving Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration and small businesses. 

In 2013, more than 1,200 constituents received assistance.

Residents in need of help are encouraged to call Pittenger’s Charlotte office at 704-362-1060 or Mooresville office at 704-696-8188.