PHOTO: Laguardia Airport in New York City. (photo via Flickr/Thomas Lillis IV)
On Thursday, officials from Delta Air Lines announced the carrier will no longer be flying one of its loudest aircraft at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport due to complaints from residents around the facility.
According to NYPost.com, the noisy, existing planes were the MD-88 aircraft, and Delta has replaced them with quieter, more fuel-efficient Airbus A320s, Boeing 737s and several MD-90 mainline aircraft.
All of the new planes put into service at LaGuardia Airport started their routes Thursday.
“We’re committed to providing our customers an exceptional flying experience when traveling through New York airports while also considering our responsibility to the communities where we live and serve,” Delta vice president Henry Kuykendall told the New York Post.
“Delta flights on quieter, more efficient and larger aircraft are good for the community and will also support NextGen initiatives around more fuel-efficient GPS routes in New York airspace, the most congested in the world.”
The old planes used at LaGuardia caused some residents in the Queens borough of New York City to deal with noise so loud that it shook their homes on a near constant basis since the Federal Aviation Administration changed flight paths four years ago.
Residents across the city, including Queens Quiet Skies community group member Maria Becce, are excited to hear that there will be less noise now that different planes have been put into service.
“It’s great news, and everyone is very pleased,” Becce said. “Every little bit helps.”