DFW Airport and the City of Southlake

Aircraft Noise

Because of Southlake’s close proximity to the airport, 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 and resources that help ensure noise level rules are followed, and flight patterns are enforced.

In early 2020, DFW launched a website, NoiseLab, that allows the public to view near-live flight operations, historical operations, news, and statistics.

Latest News

June 2020 - DFW Airport Announces Runway 18R/36L Project

DFW Airport has notified the City of Southlake about a runway closure for rehabilitation that could affect air traffic in the Southlake vicinity. The timeline for this project is June 1, 2020 until early March 2021. Afterward, nightly closures are estimated to occur through May 2021. The closure will require some traffic to shift to other runways which could shift traffic over Southlake and other cities around the airport.

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.

The map below shows the DFW Airport runways.

Runway map

DFW Noise Cone

The DFW Noise Cone map (click for a larger view) shows the zone 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 for development and to minimize the impact of aircraft noise on City residents and businesses. 

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. 

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.

DFW Noise Cone Future Land Use Map