Saturday, January 22, 2022

Council hears about DFW Airport Aircraft Noise and Future Plans

Jim Crites, the Executive Vice President for Operations at DFW Airport, attended the April 5, 2016 City Council meeting to discuss aircraft noise mitigation initiatives, community projects of interest, and NextGen.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website, “NextGen is a wide ranging transformation of the entire national air transportation system — not just certain pieces of it — to meet future demands and avoid gridlock in the sky and in the airports.”

Much of the discussion focused on the impact of Runway 31L, the diagonal runway that is used, to receive aircraft arrivals and when necessary, departures.  The runway’s trajectory takes air traffic over parts of Southlake.

Below is the presentation in its entirety.

MD-80 Update

The City is often asked about the status of the MD-80 phase out by American Airlines.  Staff reached out to American and learned that they are accelerating MD-80 replacement with the much quieter Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  Currently, the company says they have about 100 MD-80s left in their fleet. They expect to have less than 40 by the end of 2016 and to have them completely replaced by the middle of 2017.

For more information about the DFW Airport Noise Office please visit their website page: