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Haneda Airport tests higher plane routes to quell noise pollution

Jets will descend at sharper angle when landing at central Tokyo hub

Haneda's plans to introduce new flight paths above residential areas have raised concerns about noise pollution. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- Haneda Airport has begun testing new flight paths above the capital's densely populated areas, directing planes to fly at higher altitudes to reduce noise pollution as the hub gets ready to expand capacity ahead of the Summer Olympics. 

The Transport Ministry will conduct the test flights using passenger planes between Thursday and March 11. The planes will test the routes for seven days in northerly winds and another seven days facing southerly winds. The first session took place on Thursday evening when the wind blew north as anticipated. 

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