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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

West Flow COnditions:


For your awareness, DFW Airport is currently experiencing West Flow aircraft operational conditions due to strong northwest winds, forecasted through 5 PM today, Saturday, February 23, 2019.


What to Expect: 


Weather forecasts between 3 PM and 4 PM anticipate winds from the west, peaking at 33 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph, then diminishing below 28 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph after 5 PM. DFW’s primary runways are oriented north/south; however, aircraft generally cannot use the north/south runways with strong northwest crosswinds, such as those forecasted for this weekend.  When winds are westerly or northwesterly (West Flow), the diagonal Runways 13R/31L and 13L/31R may be needed for arrivals and/or departures.  The diagonals may also need to remain open overnight Saturday into Sunday to accommodate overnight operations during these strong winds.


The shift in aircraft operations during these weather conditions may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Coppell and Irving, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic.

RWY 17C/35C Rehabilitation Project:

DFW Airport is please to update you on the rehabilitation work for Runway 17C/35C.  The runway will return to service and be fully operational with the first flights arriving at 7:00 a.m. on March 10, 2019. The Airport appreciates your partnership over the last several months as we worked to deliver enhancements to our airfield infrastructure. Runway 17C/35C is DFW’s primary runway and it will support our mission to connect the Dallas Fort Worth region to the rest of the world for decades to come. 


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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