Saturday, December 5, 2020

DFW Announces Runway Closures to Install Runway Lights: May 3-7

DFW Airport officials are providing an update regarding the ongoing weekend closure of Runway 18L/36R and FAA’s progress on the installation of Runway Status Lights:

Due to the cancellation of the runway closure last weekend, DFW plans a slightly longer closure this week and weekend of its primary departure Runway 18L/36R. The extended closure will take place from Wednesday, May 3rd at 11pm to Sunday, May 7th at 4pm, weather permitting, to accommodate the FAA’s ongoing installation work.

What to Expect:
The shifts in operations may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Coppell, Irving, Euless and Arlington, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic, including:

  • Jet departures on Runway 31L during north winds (anticipated);
  • Increased arrivals Runway 31R and 35R during north winds (anticipated);
  • Increased arrivals to Runway 17L and 13R during south winds;
  • Outboard runways will be needed later at night or early in the morning.

Weather forecast:

  • North Winds: The wind forecast for Wednesday through Friday will be north/northwest winds 5-20 mph gusting as high as 25 mph.
  • During north winds, FAA will require the departure usage of Runway 31L by jets on DFW’s west side and arrival usage of Runways 35R and 31R on DFW’s east side.
  • South Winds: Winds are forecast to shift to the south on Saturday and Sunday at 10-18 mph gusting as high as 23 mph.

The graphics below depict the closures and their effects of the runway utilization:

March 25-26; April 1-3; April 14-16; April 21-24; May 3-7; May 13-14; May 20-21; June 3-4; June 10-11; June 17-18; and June 24-25 [Weekend Full Closures of Runway 18L/36R]

  • Runway 18L/36R is the primary departure runway on the west side. During its closure:
    • While the winds are out of the north, Runway 36L will be the used for arrivals and Runway 31L will be the primary departure runway on the west side.
    • While the winds are out of the south, departures will shift to Runway 18R and arrivals will shift to Runways 17L and 13R.
    • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) will likely be extended at night to 11pm.

DFW Airport Graphic May 3

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact DFW Airport officials. They may be contacted by email at, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at 972-973-3192 (manned 24/7). Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided, when requested.