DFW airspace temporarily closed for second time in a week for COVID cleaning at FAA site
The Federal Aviation Administration has reopened airspace over the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex following a second round of comprehensive cleaning at their Fort Worth, Texas air traffic control center. The temporary closure, which lasted around 30 minutes this evening, stopped all flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field.
This is the second closure at the FAA Air Traffic Control Center in a week. Last Wednesday, December 30th, the administration announced they were issuing a ground stop of all air traffic in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field while personnel cleaned the facility. During the ground stop last Wednesday, which took place for an hour and twenty minutes, all FAA employees left the building to allow for the cleaning. The FAA issued a statement indicating the cleaning was required due to an employee testing positive for the Coronavirus days before.
According to FAA records, another employee at their facility test positive for the Coronavirus on Saturday, January 2nd. The temporary closure this evening, which lasted around 30 minutes, was to allow for another round of cleaning at their site.
The FAA Air Traffic Control Center handles high-level air traffic in several states. They employee 380 employees at their site located along FAA Blvd just SH-360. They control the airspace around the DFW Metroplex.
Both the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field took to social media to advise travelers that it was the FAA, not the individual airports, that closed the airspace.
Temporary closures may be needed in the future if additional FAA employees test positive for the Coronavirus. Stay tuned for any future closures.