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Neighbors upset about noise want to stop Concord Airport expansion

Jennifer Cabell (center, arms crossed in front), visiting family in Charlotte, leads the passengers to the terminal next to the runway as they disembark from Allegiant Air Flight 638. 12-20-2013 Concord, NC. Allegiant Air Flight 638 from Orlando-Sanford International Airport was the first arriving scheduled commercial passenger flight to land at Concord Regional Airport.
Jennifer Cabell (center, arms crossed in front), visiting family in Charlotte, leads the passengers to the terminal next to the runway as they disembark from Allegiant Air Flight 638. 12-20-2013 Concord, NC. Allegiant Air Flight 638 from Orlando-Sanford International Airport was the first arriving scheduled commercial passenger flight to land at Concord Regional Airport. MARTY PRICE

Residents of The Settlements, a neighborhood in Charlotte near the Concord Regional Airport, say they are opposed to any further expansion at the airport.

In an email to WBTV, the president of the Homeowners Association says that noise levels have become much higher since Allegiant Air began its passenger service from the airport.

“We have noticed over the past year or two the increased traffic of airplanes over our neighborhood, mainly Allegiant air. There have been multiple complaints made to the airport and the FAA regarding the lower than allowed altitude during their incoming approach,” wrote John Mays. “We are very concerned as a community that this expansion could impact our property values.”

The homeowners have reached out to elected officials in Charlotte to ask if anything can be done.

Officials with the city of Concord say the expansion is necessary and that the airport is following FAA regulations.

“We’re an airport and we want to be good neighbors, and noise is a concern around an airport,” Concord Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton said. “Our airport has a tower open from 7 in the morning until 11 p.m., and airplanes are required to come in on a particular flight path during those particular times. Then if they don’t then of course our tower catches it.”

He said he believes in some instances, planes are not following the correct flight path after the tower closes.

Hamilton said the upcoming expansion would include a new terminal and parking deck. The city received a $6.5 million federal grant for the project.

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