Point Loma Residents Protest Plane Route Change
Hundreds came out Tuesday night to protest the proposed Federal Aviation Administration change that would re-route planes closer inland as they leave the airport.
It’s a controversial issue that’s caused anger among many who live near the San Diego airport.
“It's really disruptive, it starts every morning around 6:30 a.m., you wake up whether you like it or not,” said Point Loma resident Daniel Frankel.
He said loud planes have been flying overhead, and he said it has only gotten worse the last few months.
The FAA's proposed change is part of the Southern California Metroplex Project.
Right now, planes heading east out of San Diego make a wide turn west of Point Loma. The new proposal would bring them much closer inland, possibly even over it.
In a meeting Tuesday night at Liberty Station, hundreds of angry homeowners came out to protest. They said the noise, pollution and the effect on property value are not what they signed up for when they bought their homes.
Anxious residents believe they already hear the impact of new the routes, but FAA officials said none of the changes have gone into effect. Plans for won’t be finalized until at least May.
“Currently we have the proposal, which we tried to show, and showed tonight," Glen Martin, regional administrator for the FAA, said. "It’s on the website. We are taking comments from the community and then a decision will be made.”
The FAA is still looking for the public's opinion, and Frankel said he simply hopes they listen.
“It just becomes a real part of your life you’ve never experienced before,” Frankel said.
The public can still weigh in on the proposed FAA change until Thursday.