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DFW Runway Work to Increase Air Traffic Over Coppell

Coppell residents should expect increased air traffic – and noise – as Dallas Fort Worth International Airport closes runway 17C/35C for rehabilitation. The runway rehabilitation project will include a partial closure from May 24 to early August and a full closure from August to mid-November. The rehabilitation project is expected to be completed by December 8, 2018. 

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

During the partial closure from May 24 to early August, the northern portion of the runway will be under construction, but the remainder will be available for arrivals. Coppell residents may notice an increase in air traffic overhead as planes are diverted to other runways. 

During the full closure from early August to mid-November, Coppell residents should expect an increase in aircraft noise. While runway 17C/35C is closed, air traffic will be diverted to runway 17L/35R, and an increased number of planes will fly 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 will include:

  • 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)

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. ​