The Fukuoka High Court on Thursday ordered the Japanese government to pay a total of $4.2 million (369 million yen) in compensation to plaintiffs over noise caused by flights at a U.S. military base in Okinawa Prefecture, a 2.5-fold increase from the amount awarded by a lower court.

But the three-judge panel at the high court’s Naha branch upheld the 2008 lower court decision that rejected residents’ demands for a halt to early morning and evening flights at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station.