Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport celebrated its 40th anniversary in January. The first customer at DFW was American Airlines. Just five years later, American Airlines moved its headquarters from New York City to Dallas, helping to create one of the top ten airports in the world.
At opening, DFW served 12 airlines with three runways, three terminals and 56 gates.
It is now one of the largest and busiest, hosting 23 airlines with seven runways, five terminals and 155 gates. In 2012, nearly 60 million passengers used DFW, ranking eighth in the world, and it ranked third in aircraft movements with 650,124.
American Airlines—now combined with US Airways to become the world’s largest airline—and DFW contribute more than $31 billion annually to the Dallas/Fort Worth region’s economy and provide 143,000 jobs in North Texas.
DFW is American Airlines’ largest hub with 800 daily flights to nearly 200 cities. This year American will begin service from DFW to Shanghai and Hong Kong. Etihad Airways will begin DFW-Abu Dhabi service and Qatar Airways will serve Dallas from Doha.
The airport this year will add the Dallas Area Rapid Transit orange line connecting DFW to Dallas County via light rail. Work is currently underway on a $2.3 billion renewal of the airport’s four original terminals.