FAA to discuss new routes at Charlotte airport for air traffic overhaul

FAA to discuss new routes at Charlotte airport for air traffic overhaul

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a meeting Wednesday evening to discuss new routes in and out of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

It is the second part of a plan to overhaul air traffic control. The path for planes departing to the Southeast will be wider to disperse overhead noise and will reduce flights over some neighborhoods.

The FAA said the plan to improve the flow of air traffic could save the airport more than $9 million a year.

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Crews are building a new air traffic control tower to accommodate the changes. It will be equipped with Next Generation Air Transportation technology.

Pilots will be able to receive text messages instead of having to rely on voice commands.

It will also provide passengers with more accurate timing meaning fewer delays.

The meeting is expected to begin at 6 p.m. at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center on Tuckaseegee Road.

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