Image of Concorde Flight
The last British Airways passenger Concorde flight landed at London's Heathrow airport from New York on October 24, 2003. (Photo by Graham Bloomfield/Shutterstock)

The FAA announced two rulemaking activities on civil supersonic aircraft noise that could reintroduce supersonic passenger travel for the first time since the Concorde retired in 2003.

Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell said the agency is working to “enable the return of civil supersonic travel, while ensuring the environmental impacts are understood and properly addressed.” He announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that modifies and clarifies existing regulatory procedures to obtain FAA approval to test supersonic aircraft – the first, necessary milestone toward reintroducing civil supersonic flight.