Dallas/Ft Worth International (DFW)

The busiest airport in Texas and the third busiest airport in the world, in terms of aircraft movement reside near the metro areas of Dallas and Fort Worth. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is the second largest airport in the United States with nearly 18,000 acres. This is more area than the island of Manhattan, New York.

DFW was recently ranked as “The Best Cargo Airport in the World” by Air Cargo World. Frankfurt International Airport came in second, while Hong Kong International Airport and Memphis International Airport were tied for third. DFW handles 60 percent of all cargo in Texas. Cargo traveling to Asia and Europe account for 75 percent of the cargo that see its way through the airport, which is ranked 25th with the most cargo that arrives and departs from DFW.

In 2005, DFW transported 59,064,360 passengers through its four domestic terminals and one international terminal. International Terminal D allowed Dallas-Fort Worth to become the tenth busiest gateway to exotic destinations. Honolulu International Airport fills in the ninth spot. The five terminals services 36 international destinations and 129 United States destinations.

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, uses DFW as its main hub. American has 800 daily departures worldwide. American Eagle, the world’s largest regional airline, uses Dallas-Fort Worth as its largest hub. 84 percent of flights at DFW are American Airlines operated. In an event to cut unnecessary costs, Delta Airlines closed its hub in Dallas-Fort Worth in February 2005. Delta’s daily nonstop flights went from 256 down to 21.

Interesting Notes:

  • The highest number of McDonnell Douglas MD-80s operates from DFW. American’s main aircraft is the MD-80, they fly 361 of these.
  • Skylink, which is the airports train system, can reach speeds up to 50 mph and is bi-directional. Skylink opened in the Summer of 2005, and is the largest high-speed airport train system in the world. It was built in conjunction with International Terminal D during the airport’s Capital Development Program.

History of Dallas/Ft Worth International

Two airports were opened in the Dallas area in 1927, Love Field and Meacham Field. When Fort Worth original declined an offer from Dallas to have a joint airfield, these two airfields were built instead. Later, in 1940, the Civil Aeronautics Administration handed over $1.9 million for the beginning of a Dallas-Fort Worth regional airport. The city of Dallas and again the city of Fort Worth declined the offer and the project was diminished by 1943. In 1961, the joint airport idea was opened back up to accommodate for the congestion at Dallas Love Field. Construction finally begun in 1969 after land was purchased by both cities in 1966. The first ever landing of the supersonic Concorde in the United States was at DFW in 1973 to celebrate the airport’s completion.

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