Public Learns About Duluth Airport Study to Pinpoint Noise Levels

Ryan Juntti
Updated: October 02, 2019 11:37 PM

Residents who live near the Duluth Airport have expressed concerns over the years with how much noise is generated there. On Wednesday night, the public was able to learn about how the airport is looking to bring down the decibels.

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The airport is initiating a study to try and get a better idea of where noise is coming from in and around the airport, so they can address it. As WDIO News has reported, the FAA has awarded the airport a $600,000 grant for the study.

On Wednesday night the public learned more about the study with a Public Information Workshop. As part of the study, airport officials will be going into different neighborhoods the first two weeks in November to measure the noise generated. This data will then be collected and analyzed to look for possible solutions.

Duluth Airport Authority Executive Director Tom Werner says the goal of the study is to understand how much noise is generated at different times of the day. Werner says the last time a study like this was done was in the '90's, and that it is necessary given the increased traffic at the airport.

"Certainly the airport has grown since then providing all sorts of air service options, the military's presence here, general aviation, and we want to understand what that impact is on the neighborhoods around the airport," said Werner.

Werner says one possible strategy to reduce the noise at the airport is to change the flight patterns aircraft take at certain times of the day. He adds they will have to understand where the noise is, and what it looks like before deciding how to address it.

The study is expected to take about 18 months.

There will be additional meetings held moving forward as well. Officials encourage the public to provide feedback as they move through the process. 

If you would like to send in comments, you can email them to, or submit comment cards at the meetings themselves.


Ryan Juntti

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