Friday, October 30, 2020

DFW Runway Closure Scheduled for Saturday

DFW Airport officials have announced a runway closure scheduled for this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, July 29, from 9:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. runway 17C/35C will be closed. This is to accommodate survey operations for an upcoming runway project and various maintenance activities involving pavement, markings, and/or lighting within the runway environment.

What to Expect:

Saturday weather forecasts show winds coming from the northeast at 5 mph, with potential thunderstorms. 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.  When surface winds are light and variable, takeoff and landing flow may be affected by winds above the surface and/or other operational needs.

The shifts in aircraft operations to other runways during the closure may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Westlake, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Coppell, Irving, Euless and Arlington, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic, including:

  • Jet departures on Runway 31L on DFW’s west side during north winds;
  • Increased arrivals Runway 31R and 35R on DFW’s east side during north winds;
  • Increased arrivals to Runway 17L and 13R on DFW’s east side and Runway 18R on DFW’s west side during south winds;
  • Outboard runways will be needed later at night or early in the morning;

Summer Flex Schedule:

Additionally, the American Airlines flight schedule includes scheduled flex days in order to keep up with summer schedules. The 7 days that are scheduled for Flex Flying are as follows:

  • Sunday, June 25
  • Friday, June 30
  • Sunday, July 9
  • Sunday, July 16
  • Sunday, July 23
  • Sunday, July 30
  • Sunday, August 6

What to Expect:

During the Flex Days, additional flights are scheduled late at night to accommodate greater numbers of the traveling public.  These additional operations will entail extended use of DFW’s runway, including the outboard runways.  Operations on the outboard runways are expected to extend later than normal and could be as late as 1:00 a.m. Monday morning.

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact DFW.  You may contact DFW 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.