ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Twin Cities can get another 20 years of life out of its airport with just a little tweaking, U.S. Rep. James Oberstar told members of the Legislature.
The Chisholm Democrat says adopting new noise-reduction technology would allow the airport to add more flights.
"Noise is still the principal villain," said Oberstar, the top-ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Transportation Committee.
Speaking before a joint meeting of House and Senate transportation committees, Oberstar also said the airport can squeeze in more flights if it upgrades its air traffic control system and moves some cargo delivery flights to airports in St. Cloud, Duluth and Rochester.
He said high-speed rail service between those cities, could help the effort.
"There's a lot of capacity left in that airport," Oberstar said. He said new technology in use in Europe could reduce aircraft noise by 30 or 40 decibels. "We can do that in less than 10 years -- and we have to."
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