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Whether you are a family of four traveling to Mexico for vacation, a business traveler headed to Chicago for the day, or a busy corporate executive flying private, take-offs and landings are easy here. Dallas is home to the world’s largest global airline—American Airlines—and the U.S.’s largest domestic carrier—Southwest Airlines—as well as three full-service general aviation airports serving private and executive clients.

DFW International Airport

Situated between Dallas and Fort Worth is the 2019 Global Airport of the Year, DFW International Airport.  DFW International Airport, the nation’s 4th busiest airport, is the highest-capacity commercial airport in the world, connecting the area to the entire planet. The airport offers travelers a high-frequency schedule and access to any major city in the continental United States in less than four hours. More than a dozen new international routes have been added in the last two years, and more are on the way. Plus, Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Orange Line connects to DFW International Airport.

Dallas Love Field

Dallas Love Field is home to low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines, and now that flight restrictions have been lifted, which until October 2014 limited nonstop service on mainline jets to destinations in Texas and adjoining states, direct service to cities such as New York, Chicago, and L.A. is now possible on any aircraft leaving Love Field. The day that restrictions were lifted, Virgin America also launched service out of Love. The airport is currently undergoing a $519 million renovation, including a centralized terminal with 20 gates, a new lobby, and an expanded baggage claim area. Together, these things mean a big future for this little airport.

Dallas Executive Airport

Corporate jets most often operate out of Addison Airport, in North Dallas; McKinney National Airport, 30 miles north of Dallas; or Dallas Executive Airport, just south of downtown. These airports offer state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities and first-class service to their clients. Also settled in the Dallas Region is the Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the world’s first major industrial airport and home to the Amazon Air Hub.


183,814 Daily Passengers

892,814 Total Cargo (U.S. Tons)

8,488,020 International Passengers
67,092,224 Total Passengers


43,048 Daily Passengers

227,533Total Operations

15,723,627 Total Passengers


New York, NY (NYC): 3 hrs. 15 min.

Los Angeles, CA (LAX): 2 hrs. 56 min.

Toronto, ON, Canada (YTO): 2 hrs. 50 min.

Mexico City, Mexico (MEX): 2 hrs. 32 min.

Paris, France (PAR): 9 hrs. 30 min.

Tokyo, Japan (TYO): 14 hrs. 25 min.

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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport


189,350 Daily Passengers

69,112,607 Total Passengers

8,741,030 International Passengers

918,130 Total Cargo (Metric Tons)

From 2018. Source: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and City of Dallas.

  • 4th busiest airport in the world (operations)
  • 12th busiest airport in the world (passengers)
  • Host to 23 passenger airlines and 22 cargo carriers
  • Service to 187 domestic and 62 international destinations out of 165 gates
  • Access to every major city in the continental U.S. within four hours
  • #1 Airport in the World for 2018 (Air Transport World)
  • 1st North American airport to achieve Carbon Neutral status (1 of 23 worldwide)
  • Footprint covering nearly 70 km (26.9 sq. mi.); larger than Manhattan with 557K m2 (6M sq. ft.) of terminal space
  • Economic output to the Dallas Region totaling $37Bm supporting 228K full-time jobs and $12.5B in payroll