Thursday, June 17, 2021

Hearing More Aircraft Noise? Here’s Why.

You’ve likely heard aircraft noise over the past several months and thought there has been more of it than usual. It’s not your imagination, aircraft noise over Southlake has increased.

In June, DFW Airport began rehabilitation on Runway 18R/36L, the primary west side arrival runway. The closure requires a shift in traffic to other runways, including use of 13R/31L that causes flights to travel directly over Southlake. Construction is expected to continue through May 2021.

DFW Runway Map

Aircraft take off and land into the wind. During the fall and winter months, the area is more likely to have more north wind flow days, which significantly increases the use of the 13R/31L runway.

“We have a good relationship with DFW Airport and they are communicating frequently with us with construction project updates because of its impact on our community,” City of Southlake Operations Manager for Customer Relations Melody Andersen said. “We receive many inquiries about aircraft noise and relay this information to DFW Airport. Residents can also contact the airport directly with any questions or concerns they may have about the Airport’s construction project.”

The City of Southlake alerts the community via Facebook, Twitter and Next Door when DFW Airport expects air traffic to increase over Southlake.

DFW Airport launched NoiseLab, a website that allows the public to view near-live flight operations, historical operations, news and statistics.

Citizens with inquiries or comments about aircraft noise should contact DFW Airport by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com or on the Noise Complaint Hotline at 972-973-3192. The hotline is staffed 24/7. Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested.