Thursday, September 6, 2012 By City of Southlake
Another Shift in Winds Causes Increase in Airport Noise Over Southlake Due to Construction
Due to the cold front expected to arrive after midnight Friday (9/7) and the northerly winds expected with it, airplanes from DFW will be redirected. Southlake residents may notice increased departure noise (as planes depart to the north) until the wind changes and the airport returns to normal south-flow operations. The City would like to emphasize that this is a temporary situation with winds returning to their normal flow early next week.
In August, DFW airport notified the City of Southlake that wind shifts could change departure routes to the north during a temporary runway construction project expected to continue until September 22nd. While construction takes place on the normal runway, diagonal runways are utilized for take-offs and landings until the construction project commences. Under typical, south-flow wind conditions, the diagonal runways are used for landings only. The increased noise level is primarily due to the increase in flight departures over Southlake.
According to the airport, south winds are expected Monday early morning (9/10), returning the airport to the normal south-flow operations. This will decrease the use of the diagonal runways and limit the flight noise experienced by Southlake residents.
Residents with specific questions are asked to call the Airport’s Noise Hotline at 972-973-3192.