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Key Facts and Figures on DFW International Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) serves the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. It is an airport city, with an area of 17,207 acres, or roughly 70 square kilometres, with its own post office ZIP code, and public services. For the core aviation operations, there are seven runways, the longest ones being 13,400 feet long.
Today, DFW is the busiest airport in Texas, the third busiest airport in the world in aircraft movements, and the ninth busiest in the world in passenger traffic. About 165,580 passengers use DFW airport daily. The total passenger volume in 2011 was 57,806,918, out of which 5,509,372 was international. DFW handled 652,655 U.S. tonnes of cargo in 2011. It is the sixth busiest international air cargo gateway in the USA, in terms of shipment value, and the twentieth busiest in terms of freight gateways.
DFW is connected to 200 destinations worldwide non-stop, which includes 52 international destinations and 148 domestic destinations. DFW is only one in seven airports in the world to touch the 200 destination mark, the others being Amsterdam Schiphol, Chicago O’Hare, Frankfurt, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Munich, and Paris Charles De Gaulle.
DFW has five terminals and 161 gates. Terminals A and C serve American Airlines, terminal B serves American Eagle Airlines, and terminals D and E serve all other airlines. International flights depart from Terminal D.
Twenty-one scheduled airlines operate from DFW. Out of this, thirteen are US carriers, and eight are foreign flag carriers. The list of airlines includes American Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, United Airlines, and US Airways. American is the biggest carrier to operate from the airport, with a share of 71.23% of the total traffic.
History of DFW International Airport
The first proposal for a joint airport, for the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, was in 1927. However, both cities rejected the proposal, and operated their own airports, Dallas at Love Field, and Fort Worth at Meacham Field. The two airports competed with each other for traffic.
By 1961, Dallas Love Field became extremely congested, and Fort Worth’s airport, having fallen behind in competition with Dallas, lay abandoned. The FAA refused to invest more money in separate Dallas and Fort Worth airports, and as such, forced both cities to revisit of the old proposal for a joint airport. Both cities agreed to a new site, almost equidistant from the two city centres. Construction began in 1969, and commercial services started on January 13, 1974.
DFW was the first airport in the USA where the supersonic jet Concorde landed. In 1974, a full semicircular terminal, today’s Terminal B, was constructed, especially for the Concorde. American established its first hub at DFW in 1981, further adding to the airport’s growth.
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Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport has its fair share of delays. Between March 2012 and February 2013, about 81 percent of the domestic flights arrived on time, and about 77 percent of them departed on time. DFW ranks 15 among all major US airport for on time arrivals, and 21 for on-time departure. The national average for on-time departure is about 84 percent.
The average delay in departure per flight is 52.54 minutes, and in this, DFW ranked seventh amongst all major US airports. The national average is 46.48 minutes. The average delay in arrival per flight is 62.43 minutes, and in this, DFW ranks 24 among all major US airports. A total of 275,500 arrived and departed between March 2012 and February 2013, and 1.92 percent of all domestic flights were cancelled during the period. These figures are fairly consistent for the previous years as well. All current delays at DFW can be seen in the table above this article. For a summary of the air traffic statistics and punctuality rates, please visit FlightStats.