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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.
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.
DFW Airport is planning the closure of Runway 18R/36L (shown in orange on the map) for rehabilitation from June 1, 2020 through early March 2021. Built in 1984, this north-south runway is the main arrival runway on the west side of the airfield handling 40% of daily arrivals and is in need of significant repairs. This project is part of DFW Airport’s 10-year Infrastructure Rehabilitation program to address runways and taxiways that will need significant rehabilitation work. It is second project of its kind at the airport in the past two years and will be similar to the
rehabilitation of Runway 17C/35C, which took place from May 2018 – March 2019.
With operations at historic lows due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DFW Airport decided to accelerate this project to take advantage of the current situation and lessen the impact on surrounding communities.
Runway 18R/36L will be completely closed during the rehabilitation project and air traffic will be diverted to the other six runways. The runway closure brings the possibility of increased air traffic and noise over Coppell during the period of construction, but noise modeling indicates there will not be a significant noise impact. There is a potential for increased use of arrival runways between 10 pm and 7 am during this project, although the impact will be less because of a significant reduction in operational levels. Coppell will be most impacted by air traffic and noise when winds are out of the south (70% of the year) causing arrivals to be shifted from Runway 18R and redistributed to others including Runway 17L on the east side of the airfield (View on map below). Please review the DFW Airport Runway 18R/36L Rehabilitation Fact Sheet for more information on this project. Visit DFW Airport's Aircraft Noise page for the latest updates.