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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 2016 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 whether 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 Airport is planning a closure of Runway 17L/35R for this Saturday, February 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in order to complete necessary maintenance activities that have been delayed due to cold and/or wet weather. 
  • What to expect:  The winds are forecast to be from the northwest at 5-10 mph for the closure period meaning aircraft will depart to the north and land from south to north.  During the closure, FAA will necessarily shift aircraft from Runway 17L/35R to other runways. 
    • The shift in operations may affect Irving, Euless, Arlington, and Grand Prairie, which could experience some additional arrival traffic.
    • In north winds, Runway 35C is the primary arrival runway and Runway 35R is the secondary arrival runway on DFW's east side.  During the closure of Runway 35R, FAA will continue to use Runway 35C for most arrivals but will also shift aircraft arrivals to Runway 31R on DFW's east side as well as Runway 36L on DFW's west side.
    • Runway 31L, which can affects Southlake and Grapevine, is not anticipated to be needed during this closure but may be used if needed due to runway availability.

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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