Northeast Queens residents saw 47% more departing planes from LaGuardia Airport flying over their heads between 2002 and 2014, an average increase of 2,779 flights a year, according to flight data from a group called Queens Quiet Skies.
And in nearby Jackson Heights, residents there saw a 78% increase in departing planes zooming overhead since 2008, mostly on weekends, according to the group.
Queens Quiet Skies compiled the data from the Port Authority’s runway data for LaGuardia Airport.
“We all felt we were getting more airplane noise over this community,” said State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens). “Now the records show it.”
Brian Will of Queens Quiet Skies pinned the plane blame on the Federal Aviation Administration.
“They say this is because of wind and weather,” he said. “No, this is an operational change.”
That shift meant more than 93,000 departures over northeast Queens in 2014, compared to more than 57,000 in 2002.