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DFW Airport Runway Re-Opening Delayed

​Coppell residents should expect a continued increase in air traffic – and noise – as the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport's runway 17C/35C remains closed for rehabilitation. The runway rehabilitation project included a partial closure from late May to early August 2018 and a full closure that began in August. The airport initially projected that the runway would reopen in mid-November, but, due to weather and unforeseen site conditions, the closure has been extended. While significant progress has been made, it is now projected that the runway will reopen for day use in February 2019, contingent upon weather. While the runway will be open during the day, it will continue to close nightly until all of the construction has been completed. 

While DFW International Airport's projections indicated that there would be no temporary noise impacts (as defined by the FAA) over Coppell, the increased air traffic has resulted in more noise over the city. 

During the duration of the full closure, Coppell residents should expect a continued increase in aircraft noise. While runway 17C/35C is closed, air traffic is being diverted to runway 17L/35R, and an increased number of planes are flying above Coppell. There is also the potential for increased noise between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. during this phase of the project. 

According to DFW International Airport, Runway 17C/35C serves as the primary arrival runway, handling approximately 40% of daily arrivals. The runway is more than 30 years old, and it is in need of significant repair. 

The runway rehabilitation project includes:

  • Replacement of approximately 6,000 feet of the runway
  • Asphalt resurfacing of the entire 13,400-foot length of the runway
  • Rehabilitation of the parallel taxiway (this portion will be completed once the runway is reopened)

To date, significant progress on the runway rehabilitation has been made. The runway status lights system on the east airfield has been completed, enabling FAA crews to begin testing and commissioning, and the progress towards the Northeast End Around Taxiway is progressing ahead of the rehabilitation schedule. The pavement work on the runway is approximately 80% complete, and the runway overlay is approximately 40% complete. 

For more information, visit or call 972-973-5573 or 972-973-5597.

To file a noise complaint, call 972-973-3192 or email​

View the informational handout.