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DFW Airport

​​The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW Airport) is one of the largest airports in the world and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Buying a home or establishing a business in Coppell affords not only the luxury of having easy access to the airport, but also results in periodic airplane traffic and noise. The City and airport work in partnership regarding zoning compatibility, noise monitoring, public education and other areas where the airport impacts the community and those who live and work here.

Our community will sometimes be impacted by changes in runway schedules as DFW Airport undergoes various capital improvement projects to keep the infrastructure maintained, as well as due to weather conditions. The DFW Noise Compatibility Office is the primary liaison between neighboring communities, residents, municipalities, airlines, FAA, universities, NASA and Board staff to demonstrate noise and land use compliance deliverables, meet, educate, research, assist and advise on aircraft noise, flight patterns, airspace and related actions.

For Noise Complaints:
Call:  972-973-3192
Email:  dfwnoise@dfwairport.com

DFW Runway Rehabilitation: May 2018-February 2019

Closure Flow MapsCoppell residents should expect increased air traffic – and noise – as Dallas Fort Worth International Airport closes runway 17C/35C for rehabilitation. The runway rehabilitation project included a partial closure from late May to early August 2018 and a full closure beginning 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)

As of November 2018​, 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.

Helpful Links

​​DFW Airport Runway Rehabilitation Informational Handout 
DFW Airport Noise Program: A Briefing for the City of Coppell 
DFW Runway 17C/35C Rehabilitation: A Briefing for the City of Coppell


Visit DFW Airport's Current Runway Closures and Alerts Webpage

West Side of Coppell
The west side of Coppell was zoned light industrial/commercial use for a reason - DFW Airport flight paths fly directly over this portion of Coppell. Some neighborhoods close to this side of town might also be impacted by aircraft noise. Visit the DFW Airport noise overlay map to examine how aircraft operations might affect your home or business. Click the 'Additional Noise Info' tab.

August 8, 2017 - DFW Airport Noise Program Update
Representatives from DFW Airport provided an update to the City Council regarding some of the work currently going on at the airport and how it might impact Coppell residents. View the video and presentation.