Neighbors outraged over a huge spike in airport noise near Love Field say noise levels are noticeably down.
The noise started after a major airport renovation changed some traffic patterns at the airport.
The decline in noise is a result of Southwest Airlines reducing the use of runway along Lemmon Avenue, which flies over residential neighborhoods.
Dallas and Highland Park residents who live nearby, like Judd Bradbury, have high praise for Southwest.
“They’ve demonstrated fairly swiftly that we recognize we have an issue,” Bradbury said. “’It was a planning oversight and we’re going to take strong actions to correct our part of what’s going on.’”
In June, News 8 broke the news that runway usage over residential areas was up 131 percent. That led to a series of public meetings and changes by Southwest.
“Hearing that our neighbors have noticed the results of the diligent and cooperative work efforts among our Pilots, the FAA, and Love Field operations is certainly what we hoped to achieve,” the airline wrote in a statement.
But neighbors aren’t quite feeling the love for the City of Dallas, which runs Love Field. They say small jets are not being discouraged from flying over residential areas, which is voluntary.
“It’s still a core frustration. We’re still getting flights at 1 a.m., 3 a.m. that are coming in low to the neighborhood,” said Bradbury, whose been a vocal critic of Love Field.
The city sent letters to the owners of the planes — not the pilots – asking them to chose another runway in the future.
Margaret Keliher, the former Dallas County Judge, was hired by the Town of Highland Park to reduce airport noise.
“I think the pilots definitely need to be notified,” she said, “and I just think one letter going out is not quite adequate if you’re trying to change behavior.”
Airport Director Mark Duebner declined to comment on camera Friday. However, he said complaints to the airport are way down and he is looking for ways to improve communication with private pilots in an effort to keep a lid on the noise problem.