Friday, September 25, 2020

Wind Shift and Continued Runway Maintenance Increases Airport Noise over Southlake

The City of Southlake was reminded by DFW Airport on Tuesday, October 1, that Runway 18L/36R remains closed for scheduled, significant runway rehabilitation and will remain closed until the end of October.

Noise Compatibility Planner for DFW Airport, Harvey Holden stated:

With just two operable runways on the west side and Runway 31L’s inability to accept arrivals in north flow, it must be used for departures when winds shift the north.

The wind is currently forecasted to shift to the north at about 5AM Saturday, 5 October. The north winds are expected to persist until around 10PM Sunday, 6 October. The winds are predicted to be 15mph, gusting to 21mph. If the forecast is valid, the FAA will be launching jet aircraft from Runway 31L over the cities of Southlake and Grapevine during all or part of that period.

It should be noted that the FAA makes every effort to minimize the number of jet departures from Runway 31L by diverting some of the west side aircraft to other runways for departure, and by only using Runway 31L when the velocity of the north winds require its use.

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact the DFW Airport’s Noise office by email at or call the 24-hour telephone hotline at 972-973-3192.