DFW Airport and the City of Southlake

Southlake is situated just five miles from DFW Airport, the third busiest airport in the United States with more than 680,000 flights, managed on seven runways going in and out of the airport every year.

Aircraft Noise

Because of Southlake’s close proximity, City Council and City Staff have strived to maintain a strong partnership with the DFW Airport Executive Staff and the staff working in the DFW Noise Compatibility Office

Through the years these conversations have resulted in practices that help ensure noise level rules and flight patterns are enforced.

DFW Noise Cone Future Land Use Map

The DFW Noise Cone map (click for a larger view) shows the air corridor utilization zone which is the air corridor over Southlake where departing planes head from and where arriving planes land to when using the west diagonal runway. The corridor was established in the 1980s to help with land use decisions and to minimize the impact of aircraft noise on City residents and businesses. In fact, this identified corridor has impacted land use decisions for development occurring within the corridor. For example, any residential development within the corridor built since the late 1980s has what’s called an aviation easement on the property deed recognizing that the property is built within the air corridor utilization zone.

The map below shows the DFW Airport runways.

Runway map

DFW Airport Announces Runway 18R/36L Project

DFW Airport has notified the City of Southlake about a runway closure that could affect air traffic in the Southlake vicinity. 

About the Runway 18R/36L Project: 

DFW plans to rehabilitate runway 18R/36L, the primary west side arrival runway, beginning June 1, 2020 until early March 2021. Afterwards, nightly closures are estimated to occur through May 2021.  

The runway project includes reconstruction, drainage improvements, new electrical infrastructure and LED conversion, navigational aid adjustments and aircraft rescue and firefighting road realignment. 

The closure will require some traffic to shift to other runways. The project has been accelerated 78 days ahead of its planned schedule to take advantage of the reduced operation levels from COVID-19. 

What to Expect During the Project Timeframe: 

Cities east and west of the DFW airport could experience an increase in air traffic due to Runway 18R/36L being closed and air traffic diverted to runways on the east and west sides of the airport. The runway closure will shift 13R/31L to a primary arrival and departure runway. Traffic on Runway 17L/35R will also increase. Departures and arrivals on Runway 18L/36R may increase or decrease depending on flow. 

As a reminder, aircraft take off and land into the wind. Therefore, the direction of operations is primarily based on winds. Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land. 

Citizens with inquiries or comments should contact DFW Airport by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline at 972-973-3192 (staffed 24/7). Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested. DFW launched a website, NoiseLab, that allows the public to view near-live flight operations, historical operations, news and statistics. 

We appreciate your patience during this time. DFW staff are always happy to discuss Airport operations and impacts to your city in greater detail if you desire. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Airport for more information.