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Alexandria and neighbors want feedback on National Airport noise issue

At Gravelly Point, a man in a folding chair reads a book as planes land at National Airport (Staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Alexandria is looking to gather more public feedback on an issue that’s impacted Old Town since the popularization of the jet engine: noise from Washington National Airport (DCA).

Alexandria, Fairfax County and Prince George’s County have hired Vianair Consulting to spearhead a collaborative effort with members of the community and staff from various airport agencies to recommend changes to DCA airspace and flight procedures.

Vianair is currently running a survey of residents south of DCA. The survey asks whether aircraft noise is a concern or not, the scale of the impact, and questions about how the residents are impacted.

The current project focuses on areas south of the airport and follows a similar project that worked to reduce aircraft noise north of DCA.

According to the project website:

Following the success of the North of Airport project, the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Prince George’s County hired Vianair to conduct a similar effort on behalf of the communities south of DCA. While this work follows a similar model, the focus of the project is to reduce noise impacts in communities south of DCA. The duration of this project study is 24 months. The project started in May 2023 with the contract funding shared equally by the three jurisdictions.

A release from the City of Alexandria said a community open house meeting will be held “in the near future” after the results of the survey are in.