DFW Airport Holiday Runway Traffic

Posted by Jill Lind on Dec 21, 2018

DFW would like to update citizens concerning upcoming operational changes to the typical departure schedule.  In order to accommodate passenger loads due to the holiday season, on Tuesday evening, January 1, 2019, DFW will experience 72 departures after 11:50 PM with the last departures at 2:04 AM Wednesday morning.  In light of the anticipated departure activity increase, with Runway 17C/35C being closed for runway rehabilitation, it is anticipated that Runway 17L/35R will remain operational until 1 AM.  Runway 13R/31L and Runway 13L/31R may also experience later than typical operations to accommodate these additional passenger loads.

What to Expect:

The weather forecast is not yet known for this day.  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.

 

North Flow:  When winds are out of the north: Departures will utilize Runway 36R and 35L.

§  Runway 35R will remain operational for arrivals until 1 AM.

§  Runway 31L may be needed if winds or operational needs require

South Flow:  When winds are out of the south: Departures will utilize Runways 18L and 17R

§  Runway 17L will remain operational for arrivals until 1 AM.

 

This increase in aircraft operations to the runways during this flex schedule may primarily affect the cities of Irving, Coppell, Flower Mound and Lewisville.  Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, and Westlake could also experience some additional aircraft traffic.

Citizens with inquiries or comments should contact DFW Airport by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at 972-973-3192 (manned 24/7).  Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested.