Shift in Love Field Runway Traffic Leads to More Noise Complaints

One runway seeing dramatic increase in planes because of construction

By Julie Fine
|  Friday, Jul 12, 2013  |  Updated 12:24 AM CDT
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Residents say they are hearing more planes -- and the city agrees. The city's director of aviation said a change in runway traffic is leading to the new noise complaints.

Julie Fine, NBC 5 News

Residents say they are hearing more planes -- and the city agrees. The city's director of aviation said a change in runway traffic is leading to the new noise complaints.

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People who live near Dallas Love Field gave city and airline officials an earful of noise complaints Thursday.

Residents say they are hearing more planes -- and the city agrees. The city's director of aviation said a change in runway traffic is leading to the new noise complaints.

Love Field has had a big increase in the number of planes using the Lemmon runway since construction of the airport's new terminal began.

Traditionally, 70 percent of Love Field's planes used the Denton side, and 30 percent used the Lemmon side. But the ratio has now flipped, said Mark Duebner, the city's director of aviation.

Patrick Holloway said he wakes up to the sound of 737s at 5:30 a.m.

He and dozens of his neighbors attended Thursday night's meeting, firing question after question to representatives of the airport and Southwest Airlines.

But Southwest said it is working to give neighbors some relief. The airline said will work with pilots and coordinate with the Federal Aviation Administration and the city to reach a better balance.

"Hopefully, they won't have to deal with it another day, as we work with pilots to balance the usage on our airfield," said Bob Montgomery, Southwest Airlines vice president of airport affairs.

Construction at Love Field is expected to last for more than a year. Duebner said he expects things to get better when construction is complete, although he doesn't know if the runway traffic would go back to the traditional 70-30 split.

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