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Aviation's Impact on North Texas

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Aviation's Impact on North Texas

North Texas is a unique major inland port that relies heavily on its airport system for sustained growth. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which has the third-most flights in the world and eighth-highest number of passengers, is a global hub for air transportation and is important to the regional economy. According to a 2013 University of North Texas economic impact study, the airport accounts for more than $30 billion in annual economic impact and supports 143,000 jobs.  Since opening 40 years ago, DFW Airport has grown service from nine airlines to 24, which operate out of 150-plus gates and serve more than 200 destinations. 

Over the years, DFW Airport added four runways and two terminals (current total of seven and five respectively). The airport is also a major air cargo hub and processes approximately 650,000 tons annually. After merging with US Airways, American Airlines will be the largest airline in the world, using DFW as its primary hub. Sixty million passengers travel through DFW each year, and service is growing to international markets, with 50 percent of its airlines operated by international companies. 

Analysis of data in the 2009 Airport Development Plan indicates DFW Airport’s capacity will reach its peak in 2055.
Analysis of data in the 2009 Airport Development Plan indicates DFW Airport’s capacity will reach its peak in 2055.  

Over the next 40 years, airport flights are expected to grow steadily to over 1 million annually in 2055. However, with seven runways (and the ability to add an eighth), flight capacity is expected to be sufficient until that point. DFW Airport will likely begin to outgrow its passenger terminal capacity first. The airport is spending $2 billion over seven years on its Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program, expected to be completed in 2017.

TxDOT’s Aviation Capital Improvement Program includes 13 grants totaling $23.8 million for North Texas in fiscal year 2013.


Starting in the summer of 2014, the airport will also gain transit access from Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Orange Line, which will connect directly to the north side of the airport at Terminal A. The future of one of the region’s most significant transportation assets is bright.  

Additionally, the state awarded North Texas aviation facilities 13 grants in fiscal year 2013 providing $23.8 million in aviation capital improvements in North Texas. This display of support solidifies the commitment from aviation stakeholders locally, regionally and at the state level to sustain a robust and viable aviation system. For aviation to continue to grow in North Texas, it will be important to cultivate a qualified workforce. Students aiming for careers in aviation can visit

The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors who are responsible for the opinions, findings, and conclusions presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration or the Texas Department of Transportation. This document was prepared in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Trasnportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

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