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Aircraft Noise

The DFW Noise Compatibility Office is the primary liaison between neighboring communities, residents, municipalities, airlines, FAA, universities, NASA and Board staff to demonstrate noise and land use compliance deliverables, meet, educate, research, assist and advise on aircraft noise, flight patterns, airspace and related actions.

For Noise Complaints: Call 972.973.3192 or

Planned Runway Closures

DFW Airport has planned weekend and/or more extended closures in 2017 in order to fulfill necessary maintenance and inspections related to airfield lighting, equipment, markings, signage, and pavement work.  Weekend runway closures are typically scheduled from Friday at 10:00 pm through Sunday at 4:00 pm, subject to favorable weather conditions.  A Go/No-Go decision is made prior to each affected closure as to determine if the conditions are favorable for the planned closure.  If runways cannot close on a weekend as scheduled due to weather or other factors, additional weekend closures may be required.  The schedule for any upcoming runway closures or changes in typical operation is noted below.  We will update this site as more information becomes available

DFW is planning the closure of Runway 13R/31LR for this Saturday, September 16, from 9:30am until 22:00pm and then again on Sunday, September 17, from 9:30am until 4:30pm.  This is to accommodate work on the runway involving electrical upgrades.

What to Expect:
Saturday and Sunday weather forecasts show winds coming from the south at 5 to 15 mph.  When winds are southerly, aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south.  When surface winds are light and variable, takeoff and landing flow may be affected by winds above the surface and/or other operational needs.

Runway 13R/31L is used as a secondary arrival runway during South Flow and as a secondary departure runway during North Flow.  During the closure, arrivals will shift to Runways 18R on DFW's west side and 17C and 17L on DFW's east side.  The shifts in aircraft arrivals to other runways during the closure may affect the cities of Flower Mound, Lewisville, Coppell, Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, and Westlake, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic.

Runway closure photo

High Velocity Winds

Aircraft normally will take off and land into the wind. In the Metroplex, the winds are from the south about 70% of the time (South Flow) and are from the north about 30% of the time (North Flow). DFW typically uses its north/south runways for most arrivals and departures. Aircraft also arrive on the diagonal runways, that is, from the northwest on Runway 13R/31L in South Flow, and from the southeast on Runway 13L/31R in North Flow. On occasion, DFW will experience high velocity cross winds from the west or northwest. This condition is referred to as West or Northwest Flow. Strong west cross winds limit the use of DFW's north/south oriented runways. During West Flow,the FAA necessarily uses the diagonal runways for arrivals and departures in order to align the aircraft to the extent possible with the prevailing, high velocity winds. This situation occurs rarely but when it does, you may notice jet aircraft departing to the northwest from both diagonal runways. DFW and the FAA collaborate proactively on the possible use of the diagonals during the strong cross wind and use the diagonals when winds and safety warrant.

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