Magazine Lists DFW Int’l As 10th Most Dangerous Airport

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the tenth most dangerous airport in the nation.

According to the magazine, incidents on American runways, everything from near collisions to vehicles or people on a runway, are an everyday occurrence.

In compiling the list of Most Dangerous U.S. Airports T+L looked at the Federal Aviation Administration’s latest Runway Safety Report and more recent runway safety statistics supplied by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Only the 35 busiest commercial airports were reviewed and ranked based on which had the most near misses and other runway incidents over the past five years.

The magazine reported that during the five-year period, 2006-2010, DFW Airport hade 61 runway incidents. Ten of those were racked up during one 30-day period in 2008.

The magazine reported that in 2008 DFW also began using a perimeter taxiway system meant to increase runway safety and decrease the possibility of close encounters. Instead of having planes cross over the seven active runways at DFW, the new system allows planes to taxi around them.

DFW International was the only Texas airport to make the list.

The top three airports on the list were Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland Hopkins and LAX: with 75, 45, and 60 runway incidents respectively.

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  • Pilot

    This statistic is meaningless without knowing the total number of takeoffs and landings at each airport. Go to for each airport and find the number of operations per day (or year) in the Operational Statistics section. Divide total runway incidents by total number of operations (takeoffs and landings) per day, and you will have a meaningful statistic to compare relative airport safety in a way that matters to the average passenger. Journalists should be required to take a statistics couse in college so we are not faced with this type of misleading headline.

    • C Bauer

      YEP. Couldn’t have stated it better myself.

      This is unfortunately illustrious of the sad decline in journalism. Have you seen the poor amount of content/grammatical errors/spelling errors/factual errors, etc. in online stories here and especially on They’re absolutely horrendous. These “journalists” who mostly hold degrees in Journalism, and many having minors or double majors in ENGLISH, should be held accountable more than us common folk, because of the role they play in disseminating information, yet there seems to be zero QC anymore. It’s truly sad. Ever seen the movie Idiocracy? We’re almost there as a society.

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