LINTHICUM, Md. (WBAL & AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is going to reconsider its position challenging Maryland over new flight patterns and the noise they bring residents near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The FAA filed a motion Tuesday to hold Maryland's case in abeyance while it reconsiders.
In September, the FAA wrote a letter to the state declining to respond to a petition asking for more review of the flight patterns.
Maryland Attorney Brian Frosh said he's hopeful the FAA will undertake a thorough review of the facts and ultimately lead to changes in flight paths.
Gov. Larry Hogan said his administration remains committed to restoring the quality of life for residents who live around the state's airports.
Hogan and Frosh released a statement, saying, "The FAA's decision to reconsider Maryland's Administrative Petition is a welcome step forward for thousands of Maryland residents who are impacted by the constant flight of aircraft over their homes. Changes to flight paths at BWI were made without adequate notice and outreach to surrounding communities, and without sufficient environmental impact analysis. We are hopeful the FAA's request to hold the case in abeyance and undertake a thorough review of facts will ultimately lead to changes in flight paths at BWI."
"This latest development is welcome news for the thousands of Maryland residents who are miserable in their own homes. Our administration remains committed to bringing relief and restoring the quality of life for our citizens living around our airports."