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Aircraft Noise

Committment to Being a Good Neighbor

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.

Contact the DFW Noise Team

To submit an airport related noise inquiry you can email or call the Noise office.

Call the Noise Office +1-972-973-3192Email the Noise Office

DFW's Monitoring

On Noise: DFW monitors sound from aircraft operations and from local community activities via a series of permanently-mounted noise monitor sites strategically located in nine cities, and three counties. The measured noise data is correlated with FAA radar data to determine the source attributable to aircraft operations (arrivals and departures). The correlated noise data confirms compliance with federal stipulations from the 1992 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and provides local communities and builders with baseline aircraft and community sound exposure levels for building design and planning.

On Flight Tracks: DFW’s Noise Compatibility Office is responsible for monitoring aircraft flight tracks, via FAA radar data feed. The flight tracks are retained by DFW’s tracking system and can be superimposed on a street base map to evaluate flights in the DFW Metroplex. DFW’s flight tracking system stores information on individual flights such as Flight ID, aircraft type and operation, as well as, aggregate information regarding volume and frequent of flights, average altitude, etc over any geographic point in Metroplex. For example, DFW’s flight tracking system can help a potential home buyer understand the type of operations that could occur over a home of interest prior to their decision to purchase.

Track incoming and outgoing flights, Noise FAQS and more.

DFW Airport Noise Info

View more information on Airport noise. View live flight tracks, see the latest DFW news on the runway project, daily statistics as well as historical flights in their vicinity.

DFW Airport Noise Info

Track incoming and outgoing flights, Noise FAQS and more.

View more information on Airport noise. View live flight tracks, see the latest DFW news on the runway project, daily statistics as well as historical flights in their vicinity.

Track incoming and outgoing flights, Noise FAQS and more.

DFW Airport Noise Info

View more information on Airport noise. View live flight tracks, see the latest DFW news on the runway project, daily statistics as well as historical flights in their vicinity.

DFW Airport Noise Info

Track incoming and outgoing flights, Noise FAQS and more.

View more information on Airport noise. View live flight tracks, see the latest DFW news on the runway project, daily statistics as well as historical flights in their vicinity.

Visit the DFW Noise Center

Noise & Airspace Education Outreach

DFW’s Noise Compatibility Center provides a venue for community forums to discuss airport-related topics. The large displays enable a clear view of the Metroplex and the complex strata of aviation activity. If you would like to visit the DFW Noise Center, please contact Sandy Lancaster at +1-972-973-5573

Noise & Airspace Education Outreach

Visit the DFW Noise Center

DFW’s Noise Compatibility Center provides a venue for community forums to discuss airport-related topics. The large displays enable a clear view of the Metroplex and the complex strata of aviation activity. If you would like to visit the DFW Noise Center, please contact Sandy Lancaster at +1-972-973-5573

Visit the DFW Noise Center

Noise & Airspace Education Outreach

DFW’s Noise Compatibility Center provides a venue for community forums to discuss airport-related topics. The large displays enable a clear view of the Metroplex and the complex strata of aviation activity. If you would like to visit the DFW Noise Center, please contact Sandy Lancaster at +1-972-973-5573

Noise & Airspace Education Outreach

Visit the DFW Noise Center

DFW’s Noise Compatibility Center provides a venue for community forums to discuss airport-related topics. The large displays enable a clear view of the Metroplex and the complex strata of aviation activity. If you would like to visit the DFW Noise Center, please contact Sandy Lancaster at +1-972-973-5573

DFW would like to inform you of the upcoming runway rehabilitation project that could affect air traffic in your vicinity.

DFW Aircraft Noise Closures Map

DFW’s Runway 18R/36L is currently closed for extensive rehabilitation work which began on June 1, 2020. The work is nearing completion but has had delays due to weather and COVID impacts. We anticipate opening the runway in late April 2021. This project is part of DFW Airport’s 10-year Infrastructure Rehabilitation program to address runways and taxiways that will need significant rehabilitation work. Runway 18R/36L is DFW’s primary west-side arrival runway handling approximately 40% of DFW’s daily arrivals. The 13,400 foot runway was built in 1984 and is in critical need of rehabilitation.

As a result of the pandemic, operations are at historic lows due to international travel restrictions and low demand for travel. As a result of the lower operations, DFW has decided to accelerate this project to begin June 1, 2020. This will not only complete the project under less-than-normal operations, but will continue to create jobs. The accelerated schedule will result in less impacts to communities due to lower operational levels.

Runway 18R/36L Closure:

Runway 18R/36L is currently closed for extensive rehabilitation work which began on June 1, 2020. The work is nearing completion but has had delays due to weather and COVID impacts. We anticipate opening the runway in late April 2021. This accommodates the rehabilitation of this runway, which includes: replacement of the center third of the runway including over 34 acres of damaged concrete, replacement of runway electrical including over 2000 airfield lights as well as reconstruction of shoulders, blast pads, and drainage. Finally, the runway will be resurfaced with hot mix asphalt overlay. A Fact Sheet about the Runway 18R/36L Project is attached, detailing the project, including its schedule and what to expect during the project. We also outlined the anticipated effects on runway use below.

What to Expect:

Surrounding communities may experience an increase in noise within their neighborhoods from the effects of the change in operations during the closure. In general, because aircraft take off and land into the wind, when winds are southerly aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south. When winds are northerly, aircraft take off to the north (or northwest in the case of the use of Runway 31L) and land from south to north. Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land.

During the Full Closure of the project, the following runway utilization is anticipated:


Full Closure (June 1, 2020 – Late April, 2021)

  • Runway 18R/36L will be closed to all traffic
  • Air Traffic will shift to other runways increasing operations on those runways
  • Operational levels are significantly reduced thus impacts to communities will be less than expected.
  • Potential for increased use of all arrival runways during 10 PM – 7 AM
  • North Flow: When the winds are out of the north (approximately 30% of the year):
    • Arrivals will shift frm Runway 36L (arrival runway) to other runways, resulting in increased operations on those runways:
      • Runway 35R and 31R (arrival runways) on the east side, primarily affecting Irving;
      • Runway 36L on the west side.
    • Departures will also shift to other runways, resulting in increased operations on those runways:
      • Runway 31L on the west side primarily affecting Southlake, western Grapevine, Trophy Club and Westlake;
      • Runway 36R on the west side (departure runway)
      • Runway 17R on the east side (departure runway)
  • South Flow: When the winds are out of the south (approximately 70% of the year):
    • Arrivals will shift frm Runway 18R (arrival runway) to other runways resulting in increased operations on those runways:
      • Runway 17L (arrival runway) on the east side, primarily affecting Coppell;
      • Runways 13R on the west side, primarily affecting Southlake, Trophy Club and Westlake
      • Runway 18L on the west side, primarily affecting Flower Mound and Lewisville
  • The shifts in aircraft operations to other runways during the closure may primarily affect the cities of Irving, Coppell, and Lewisville. Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Westlake, and Flower Mound.
  • Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land.
  • We have included graphics that provide a visual as to how air traffic will be redistributed during the full closure.
DFW Aircraft Noise Runway Flow Operations

We have included graphics that provide a visual as to how air traffic will be redistributed during the full closure.

DFW recently released a new flight tracking website that can be used to see near-live flight tracks, see the latest DFW news on the runway project, daily statistics as well as a feature that allows the public to input their address to view current and historical flights in their vicinity. View DFW Airport’s Noise Website here.

Citizens with inquiries or comments should contact DFW Airport by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at +1-972-973-3192 (manned 24/7). Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided, when requested. Additionally, please visit our Noise Website, for more up-to-date information as well as links to our public-facing website.