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


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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