City, citizens group unveil dueling O'Hare night flight solutions

Dueling visions for how O’Hare Airport runways should be used at night were unveiled Monday, with city officials relying primarily on parallel runways and a citizens group preferring heavier use of diagonal ones.

With O’Hare jet noise complaints closing in on 3 million so far this year, two different sets of flight path plans emerged during a sometimes tense meeting of an Ad Hoc O’Hare Fly Quiet Committee.

A consultant for the Chicago Department of Aviation offered some homeowners west of O’Hare — now bombarded with 70 percent of airport departures — an extra layer of relief with one idea. He suggested sending more departing night flights off on an angle right after they leave runways so they could quickly connect into “flight corridors” over less populated areas. Read more in the SunTimes.