Increased air traffic at JFK International Airport leads to noise complaints from East Hills residents

Rep. Steve Israel says air traffic from the

Rep. Steve Israel says air traffic from the specific runways increased by 36 percent between 2012 and 2013. (Credit: News 12)

EAST HILLS - Residents in East Hills say they are being kept up through the night due to planes going into and out of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Locals say the air traffic has increased over the last few years. Jana Goldenberg says, "We did have planes every once in a while. We're now getting them 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Goldenberg and other residents attended a news conference Wednesday held by local officials, who say the FAA has gone back on a deal that it made 14 years ago.

Officials say the deal was to stop using two particular runways overnight at JFK, which would cut down on noise above communities including East Hills.

Rep. Steve Israel says air traffic from the specific runways increased by 36 percent between 2012 and 2013.

The FAA would not answer questions about the plane noise, but issued a statement saying the agency is reviewing the agreement about runway usage.

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