Thursday, September 13, 2012 By City of Southlake
Increase in Airport Noise Over Southlake Continues Due to Construction and Shifting Winds
Due to the cold front and northerly winds expected to arrive Thursday afternoon (9/13), airplanes from DFW will again be redirected. Southlake residents may notice increased departure noise (as planes depart to the north) until the wind returns to its normal direction, 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 this weekend.
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 Saturday evening (9/15), 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. If the winds diminish sufficiently the FAA may be able to conduct southern departures part of the time during this period.
Residents with specific questions are asked to call the Airport’s Noise Hotline at 972-973-3192.