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Published on : Friday, December 4, 2015
Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport is the world’s fourth busiest airport, offering nearly 1850 flights per day and serving 64 million passengers a year. Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW provides nonstop flights to 149 domestic and 58 international destinations, with service from 27 passenger airlines (including ten international carriers) and 21 cargo carriers. DFW is one of the highest capacity commercial airports in the world, with seven runways and 165 gates. DFW also serves as the home and largest hub for American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, and airlines at DFW serve customers with nonstop flights to five continents.
DFW Airport is experiencing the greatest period of international expansion in its history with 22 new international destinations and eleven new airline carriers added in the past five years. DFW Airport is fast becoming recognized as a preeminent global superhub and a key entry point into the United States, with outstanding connectivity to Latin America, Europe and Asia.
First opened on January 13, 1974, DFW has grown to impact the North Texas economy by an estimated $37 billion annually, according to The Perryman Group. DFW and its associated businesses also support 228,000 jobs and $12 billion in associated payroll. Of the overall $37 billion in annual impact, air cargo operations at DFW create $17 billion in regional economic activity every year.
DFW Airport has committed itself to environmental stewardship for over a decade and has adopted an enterprise wide Sustainability Program, which applies green strategies and practices across the Airport. DFW has applied sustainable principles to its energy use, water management, alternative fuels, emissions reductions and materials recycling. In 2015, DFW became the first North American airport to achieve Level 3 Optimization in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, meaning DFW has successfully reduced carbon emissions by nearly 25%, has engaged local partners on the airport to do the same, and are on a path to further reduce carbon emissions.
The Airport is in the midst of its Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP) designed to renovate DFW’s four original airline passenger terminals and to better accommodate modern passenger desires, better customer flow, environmental sustainability and improved use of space. The entire TRIP project is scheduled for completion in 2020. These renovations serve to further DFW’s overall goals of remaining customer-focused, cost-competitive and operationally efficient.