Not Seeing As Many Planes Over Your House? COVID-19 is Changing Air Travel Patterns in North Texas

04/27/2020

The sky is less busy over communities such as Grand Prairie, Garland and Plano.

The absence of jet engine blare over North Texas is another reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is changing not just who we socialize with, but what we hear, too.

Air traffic is down more than 50% over North Texas in recent weeks, changing not just how often planes fly over communities, but which communities are seeing air traffic at all, according to data provided by Aireon, a company that makes and operates air traffic tracking and surveillance systems.

At DFW International Airport, only 244 planes took off and landed last Tuesday, a decrease of 56% compared with a similar Tuesday in November, which would typically account for about the same number of planes.

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