CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- People who live around the airport runways may experience more noise, at earlier or later hours, effective immediately.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport said the Federal Aviation Administration has suspended converging operations, meaning only the three parallel runways -- instead of all four -- can be used during the day. The airport said because of the change, it will no longer be able to work under the noise abatement hours of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
People who live around those runways have filed lawsuits in the past against the airport and agreed to settlements, that included sound-proofing windows and the noise abatement hours.
Virginia McGinn, who was involved in that lawsuit, said she didn't know anything about the change until NBC Charlotte told her Wednesday.
"In other words, they can do anything they want. We don't count," said McGinn.
The airport said it was monitoring the change as it pertained to noise and would come up with potential options to deal with the situation. Those options will be presented at the next city council dinner meeting.