Yes, it's DFW
with 7... and all can be operated simultaneously. When the wind is blowing from the south, from Highway 114 you can actually see 4 aircraft on direct approaches -- one to 13R and three parallel landings on 18R, 17C and 17L. If you can see far enough, over to 13L you may be able to see one on a tight turn coming in (so as not to cross paths with the three big runways' inbound traffic). I have come into 13L in a 767-300 many times from ATL
and you make a soaring tight, low base turn over Las Colinas. Great views. 18L and 17R are used for departures.
Of course, when the wind in northerly, the reciprocal headings are used. The inside runways are always, with few exceptions, for departures and the outside runways are for arrivals (diagonals are mixed use). An aircraft who calls a requirement for 17R/35L to land can get it... but they'll be waiting a long time unless it is an emergency or planned well in advance. A pilot came on the PA one time, giving the passengers info on DFW
, one time and said the planes are sequenced and handled in from 100 miles out (not sure if that is standard, but it sounds like a long way out to be sequencing).
It is neat to see the lights lined up for miles in the sky at night. On a clear evening, from Keller or Southlake Texas, it looks a multi-lane highway extending out into space. I would love a night photo of that!
The diagonals (13s) are mixed dep/arr. I have used 31L on a BA
777ER (maiden 777 flight from DFW
years ago) and we used 31L... this "short" runway at DFW
is 9,300 ft.
17R/35L is the long runway, which the Concorde used with Braniff and then BA
From the DFW
How large is DFW
The Airport covers more than 29.8 square miles; real property consists of 18,076 acres (7,318 hectares). The Airport is situated in the cities of Euless, Grapevine, Irving, and Coppell. DFW
Airport is the second largest in the United States in terms of land mass and third largest in the world.
How many runways does DFW
has seven runways, including five north-south parallel runways and two diagonal runways:
Runway 17L/35R 8,500 x 150 feet
Runway 17C/35C 11,400 x 150 feet
Runway 17R/35L 13,400 x 200 feet
Runway 18L/36R 11,400 x 200 feet
Runway 18R/36L 11,400 x 150 feet
Runway 13L/31R 9,000 x 200 feet
Runway 13R/31L 9,300 x 150 feet