Story: Jessica Boehm, The Republic | azcentral.com
Photo: David KadlubowskI/The Republic
Beginning Thursday (3/29/18), most flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will return to the less-controversial flight paths utilized before September 2014, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Flights that turn north or continue west after departing from Sky Harbor will change to flight paths nearly identical to the old ones. Flight paths for departures to the southwest will remain as they are until the FAA can address remaining environmental concerns.
The changes are the first step in a legal agreement reached late last year between the Federal Aviation Administration, Phoenix and a group of historic neighborhoods.
Phoenix and the historic neighborhoods took the FAA to court in 2015 after the agency implemented new flight paths as part of the national NextGen program aimed at improving safety and efficiency.