Mar 09 2016
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today thanking Senator John Thune, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, for including language in the committee’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill released today that would address concerns raised by residents of Phoenix, Arizona about recent flight path changes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee also included this language in its bill, which was released in January.
“I thank Chairman Thune for including language in the FAA reauthorization bill that Senator Flake and I have fought for that would address serious concerns in Arizona caused by flight path changes around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. I’ve heard from residents across the Valley who have been negatively impacted by an increase in flight noise due to recent flight path changes, which the FAA made without giving the community the opportunity to express their concerns. It’s critical that affected communities in Phoenix and around airports across the country have a seat at the table before flight path changes are made. Our language would create a process for the FAA to determine steps to mitigate the negative effects of these flight path changes in Phoenix, and ensure that other airports and communities have the opportunity to fully engage with the FAA before any future changes are made. I look forward to advancing these vital provisions through the Congress so that we can finally address the concerns of communities across the country.”
Earlier this year, Senators McCain and Flake sent a letter to Senators Thune and Shuster requesting that they include such language in their committees’ respective FAA reauthorization bills.