As part of its ongoing airfield capital improvement program, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has closed one of its east airfield runways to complete routine rehabilitation work that will replace aging infrastructure and create a more efficient operation. Runway 17R/35L closed on Aug. 15, 2023, and is scheduled to reopen in phases beginning summer 2024. This is DFW’s third runway in the past four years to undergo complete rehabilitation, which is a typical part of a runway’s lifecycle.
The closure is not expected to impact DFW’s overall flight operations, as aircraft traffic will be shifted to the DFW’s six other runways on the east and west airfields. The east airfield has four runways, and with 17R/35L closed, DFW will balance traffic using the remaining three runways while shifting a minimal amount of traffic to the west runways. As a result, residents may notice an increase in aircraft noise generally on the eastern side of DFW.
The project scope includes extending the structural life of the runway, enhancing current and future performance, and reducing operational impacts and maintenance costs. Additionally, the runway will feature a pavement reconstruction with an asphalt overlay, drainage improvements, and new electrical infrastructure. The updated runway will feature new lighting, improved signs and updates to its deicing infrastructure.
Residents may learn more about DFW’s noise mitigation program, or report concerns about aircraft noise, by visiting the airport’s aircraft noise website.
About Dallas Fort Worth International Airport:
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is one of the world’s busiest and most connected airports. Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, it serves as a major economic engine generating jobs and attracting businesses. DFW is committed to providing exceptional customer service and has been named the best large airport for customer satisfaction in North America by Airports Council International. A leader in sustainability, DFW is the world’s largest and North America’s first carbon-neutral airport. For more information, visit the DFW website or download the DFW Mobile App for iOS and Android devices.