Every groundbreaking idea starts with people who dream boldly and with the courage to imagine what’s next – like the visionaries who saw a pasture between two cities almost 50 years ago and envisioned a gateway to possibilities and made the vision real.

The Dallas Fort Worth Regional (later International) Airport was dedicated in September 1973 and became operational for the first time on January 13, 1974. Only nine airlines were operating at that time. In addition, extensive facilities were in business, including a 600-room hotel, a post office, and a few shops and restaurants. At the time, it was the biggest airport in the world.

Today, Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport warmly welcomes more than 73 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world.

DFW Airport customers can choose among 193 domestic and 67 international nonstop destinations worldwide. Additionally, 22 cargo airlines provide worldwide freighter service positioning DFW as the ideal cargo gateway to the world.DFW is also elevating the customer experience with modernized facilities and updated amenities.

Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel.


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  • DFW covers more than 26.9 square miles
  • Real property consists of 17,183 acres

Terminals & Gates:

  • Five Terminals
  • 164 gates

Like a City:

  • Zip code
  • City designation
  • Police
  • Fire and Emergency
  • Medical Departments

World Rankings:

  • 4th in terms of operations
  • 15th in terms of passengers

7 Total Runways:

  • 17L/35R is 8,500 feet long
  • 17C/35C is 13,400 feet long
  • 17R/35L is 13,400 feet long
  • 18L/36R is 13,400 feet long
  • 18R/36L is 13,400 feet long
  • 13L/31R is 9,000 feet long
  • 13R/31L is 9,300 feet long

Economic Impact

$37B annually in North Texas

Sustainability Impact:

  • First Carbon Neutral Airport in North America, largest in the world

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Strategic Plan

DFW’s Strategic Plan is the Airport’s guide to success and focuses on six key results. View the current DFW Strategic Plan.

• Customer Experience is elevated to emphasize its importance to the Airport’s ongoing success.

• Business Performance addresses how DFW will remain financially strong and cost-competitive by generating higher net revenues.

• Employee Engagement is key to achieving all goals and objectives. Employees’ willingness to give their discretionary effort and demonstrate their commitment to the organization results in mutual success.

• Operational Excellence defines how DFW drives operational efficiencies, incorporates sustainability best practices, and leverages technology.

• Community Engagement leverages the Airport’s historical commitment to positively impact the community through responsible business practices.

• Safe and Secure is critical for the Airport and all stakeholders. DFW invests in training and technology to provide both physical and cyber security.

What We Believe

The Airport’s beliefs are demonstrated by employees every day. The beliefs inspire the team to achieve results and serve as the foundation of what makes employees and the Airport thrive and succeed.


02 Nov 2021