Does adding a runway change the Flight Patterns?


I live under the one of the flight paths to ATL and most all of the time the Aircraft are going from north to south to land.

However, I’ve noticed since they have opened up the new runway, there are alot of commerical aircraft from ATL going east to west over my house, like they just departed. I really hadn’t seen them fly that way before.

I actually live north and west of ATL.

Just curious.



Yes, adding a runway does change flight patterns, if for no other reason you have another runway to route flight to and from.


In addition to what Damiross says, new departure and arrival procedures were created.

Prevailing winds for that day also will change the flight patterns that you may observe from the ground.