FAA Plan To Change Departure Routes Criticized
Residents of northwest
Las Vegas are battling the FAA -- and each other -- over the
agency's proposal to have as many as 200 aircraft a day depart the
field over their homes.
For years, most of the flights departing McCarren International
Airport have flown over the relatively desolate southwest section
of the city, but the FAA says with more and more people flying to
Vegas a new flight path out of the airport is needed, according to
the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The new routing would send planes over the high-rent areas of
Summerlin and the Lakes -- and as you can imagine, residents aren't
"Why doesn't everybody share in the noise? Why should it just be
one neighborhood?" asked Carolyn Willoughby, a resident from the
southern portion of the city. "Summerlin isn't any more special
than anywhere else."
"They may live in fancier houses, but we've lived here longer,"
one older south Las Vegas resident shouted in the meeting.
Residents to the north were equally adamant in their criticism
of the FAA's plan. "I moved here because I wanted something quiet,"
said Linda Liegel, who bought her home in south Summerlin in 2003.
"The change would've been fine if I had known about it in
Another north Las Vegas resident went so far as to state a plane
crash over densely populated Summerlin or The Lakes would "kill
Even Mayor Oscar Goodman has gotten involved, saying he doesn't
want aircraft flying over northern Las Vegas's University Medical
Center... or, his nearby house.
Another meeting was expected to be held Thursday night to gain
additional argument -- er, feedback -- from residents affected by
the change. It may all be for naught, however, as many suspect the
FAA has already made up its mind on the issue... which would mean
planes will be flying over the area by June of 2006.