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Etihad Airways plans daily service from DFW Airport to Abu Dhabi next year
Conor Shine
October 11, 2016

 

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United Arab Emirates-based Etihad Airways is expanding its presence at DFW International Airport, with plans to add four more weekly flights starting next year.

 

The airline plans to begin offering daily flights from DFW to its hub in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 2. Since entering the DFW market in 2014, Etihad has offered nonstop flights to Abu Dhabi three days a week — Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

 

“Since launching our Dallas/Fort Worth service less than two years ago, the response from our guests travelling between Dallas/Fort Worth and our home Abu Dhabi and beyond has exceeded expectations,” Etihad Aviation Group’s chief strategy and planning officer Kevin Knight said in a prepared statement.

 

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The airline flies 45 weekly flights to six American cities: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

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Precious cargo: DFW International's freight gain is on a grand scale
Conor Shine
September 26, 2016

 

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DFW International Airport is already one of the largest gateways for passenger traffic in the U.S., but it's also becoming an increasingly important node in the global air cargo network.

 

The airport is home to 3 million square feet of cargo facilities, with parking for up to 11 Boeing 747s as part of an around-the-clock operation.. There are nearly 200 cargo-only flights out of DFW each week, not to mention the freight carried in the belly of thousands of weekly commercial passenger flights.

 

Add it all up, and the cargo activity at DFW Airport contributes about $20 billion in annual economic impact, according to a 2015 study.

 

 

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Air Canada to add daily flight between DFW, Montreal, eh?

 

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Air Canada will launch a daily, nonstop flight from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, starting in May 2017.

 

Air Canada will operate the route using Embraer 175 aircraft with a capacity of 73 seats. The flight will depart DFW Airport daily at 11:50 a.m. and arrive in Montréal at 4:35 p.m. with the return flight departing Montréal at 8:10 a.m. and arriving in DFW at 11:15 AM.

 

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The addition of the flight to Canada’s second largest city enhances DFW Airport’s international route network by adding more than 52,000 seats a year, said John Ackerman, executive vice president of Global Strategy and Development for the airport.

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The service to Montréal will become the third destination offered by Air Canada from DFW. Air Canada currently serves DFW with daily flights to Toronto and flights between DFW and Vancouver are scheduled to start in February. The airline has served Toronto from DFW since 1976.

 

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2016 Texas Airport Statistics:

  1. DFW  --  65,670,697  (0.24, or + 158,226)
  2. IAH  --  41,615,689  (3.27, or - 1,407,535)
  3. DAL  --  15,562,738  (7.35, or + 1,065,240)
  4. HOU  --  12,909,075  (6.12, or + 744,646)
  5. AUS  --  n/a
  6. SAT --  n/a
  7. ELP  --  2,807,734  (1.61, or + 44,521)
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Archer Western to build new TEX Rail station at DFW airport in US

 

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The Terminal B station will serve as the last stop in TEX Rail's proposed 27-mile commuter rail project, which is currently being built by the Archer Western Herzog joint venture.

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It will begin service next year and also features a walkway connecting to the existing Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) station located adjacent to Terminal A.

 

TEXRail will extend from downtown Fort Worth, across north-east Tarrant County, through North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and into the airport’s Terminal B.

 

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This line is projected to serve 8,000 riders on a daily basis at nine stations by the end of the first year of operation and by 2035 the number is expected to increase to nearly 14,000.

 

All nine stations will include ticket vending, covered seating, lighting, as well as security cameras.

 

 

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Trump airport stimulus could speed construction of 6th terminal at DFW International

 

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For DFW Airport, an increase in federal aviation dollars could permit or speed the construction of a sixth terminal, Hegarty said.

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The airport is in discussions with its largest tenant, American Airlines, about possibly building a sixth terminal, DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue has said.

 

With the area’s population and economic growth, the airport’s existing 165 gates will not be enough to handle the region’s projected growth, he said. The proposed Terminal F could add about 30 gates. Donohue said in past discussions that he hopes to open a new terminal early in 2020 or soon after.

 

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A sixth terminal would put DFW “at the forefront of international airports,” Hegarty said.

 

“The intent would be to would make DFW one of the premier airports in the world,” Hegarty said, “taking (ideas from) some of the more recently built facilities, such as the airports in Singapore and Abu Dhabi, and applying them here.”

 

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The Obama administration never took action on the issue, but U.S. airline executives have asked Trump to consider doing so.

 

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The FAA has published the 2015 All-Cargo statistics.

 

I've compiled a list of Texas' major airports.

 

Total Weight (lbs.)

  1. DFW  --  3,328,784,075     (North Texas  --  4,104,166,879)
  2. IAH  --  1,746,475,356  
  3. AFW   --  775,382,804  
  4. SAT  --  775,121,718  
  5. ELP  --  518,866,006  
  6. AUS  --  498,446,900 
  7. LRD  --  428,871,493  
  8. LBB  --  355,210,987 

Percent Change

  1. AFW  --  16.08
  2. AUS  -- 13.71
  3. LBB  --  6.07
  4. DFW  --  5.99
  5. ELP  --  4.37
  6. SAT  --  3.81
  7. IAH  --  0.69
  8. LRD  --  2.87

Net Increase (lbs.)

  1. DFW  --  188,050,805    (North Texas  --  295,488,135)
  2. AFW  --  107,437,330
  3. AUS  --  60,107,170
  4. SAT  --  28,416,788
  5. ELP  --  21,747,300
  6. LBB  --  20,327,367
  7. IAH  --  12,013,555
  8. LRD  --  12,663,915
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DFW named best large airport in North America for passenger experience

 

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DFW International Airport was recognized Monday as the best large airport in North America for passenger satisfaction, according to a report by a leading airport industry group.


DFW Airport earned top marks among North American airports with more than 40 million passengers, beating out the likes of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Denver International Airport. 

 

Dallas’s Love Field was also recognized different category, tieing for third place with airports in San Antonio, Austin and three Canadian cities in the competition for best airport in North America with at least 2 million passengers.

 

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The survey covers 34 aspects of the airport experience, ranging from check-in to the cleanliness of bathrooms to the restaurant and shopping offerings.

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DFW Airport scored well with international passengers for Terminal D’s ambience and range of dining and shopping options

 

Customers also gave the airport high marks for its gate areas, cleanliness, use of technology and staff friendliness.

 

 

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American Airlines announces new summer routes from DFW, five other hubs

 

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“To continue building on this momentum we’re focused on flying the right aircraft in the right markets at the right time,” Isom wrote. 

 

“The greatest strength of our network is our ability to connect small cities with large ones through service to or through our hubs.”

 

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At DFW, American is adding five routes: Billings, Mont.; Spokane, Wash.; Traverse City, Mich.; Rome; and Amsterdam. 

 

The latter three will operate for the summer season only, American said.

 

 

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New business park on D/FW Airport's south end is in planning stage

 

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Bandera Ventures has leased more than 86 acres from DFW Airport on State Highway 183.



The office and industrial builder plans to construct a 5-building, 1.4 million square foot industrial complex on the property, according to filings with the airport board.

The proposed Gateway Logistics Center buildings will be the first constructed in a new development on the south side of the airport.


North Texas has been one of the fastest growing distribution and warehouse markets in the country during the last few years.



Net leasing for industrial buildings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has totaled more than 12 million square feet so far this year.

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Iceland, Iceland, baby: Second airline in two weeks to fly there from DFW International

 

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Not one, but two airlines will fly from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to Iceland starting next summer, with both of the new carriers announcing their intentions within the past two weeks.



Icelandair announced Thursday that it will launch service between DFW Airport and Reykjavik May 30. Ultra-low cost carrier Wow Air said earlier this month that it will offer flights from DFW Airport to Keflavik International Airport on May 24, with one-way fares as low as $99.

Icelandair will fly four times a week — Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — on a Boeing 757-200 aircraft, the airline said.

When Icelandair launches service, it will be the 17th international carrier to serve DFW International Airport.

 

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DFW Airport Receives DOT Commitment for $180 Million

 

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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport received a Letter of Intent from the Federal Aviation Administration committing up to $180 million in Airport Improvement Program grant funding for two end-around taxiway systems. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao delivered the Letter of Intent to the Airport in person, underscoring the importance of investing in airport infrastructure.



The next phase of the end-around taxiways is already under construction on DFW’s northeast quadrant, with completion anticipated by 2021. DFW Airport’s southwest quadrant taxiway is expected to be built by 2023. The federal funding included in the Letter of Intent could cover up to half of the overall cost of the next two phases.

End-around taxiways enable arriving aircraft to taxi around DFW’s seven active runways rather than wait to cross them. The taxiways enhance safety because they virtually eliminate runway crossings, reducing the risk of possible incursions. End-around taxiways ultimately produce gains in runway efficiency and reduce overall taxi times for arriving aircraft.



The taxiway projects are a key part of DFW’s overall 10-year infrastructure improvement plan, which includes enhancing or rebuilding runways, roadways, bridges and other major infrastructure needs on the Airport grounds.

Separately, Secretary Chao also delivered a $31 million AIP grant for the rehabilitation of Runway 17-C at the Airport. Construction on Runway 17-C is scheduled to be complete in 2019, with minimal disruption to customers.

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For the first time, DFW Airport will have nonstop service to Ireland

 

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DFW International Airport will offer new nonstop seasonal flights to Dublin and Munich starting next summer. It's the first time the airport has offered a route to Ireland and will mark the airport's third flight to Germany.



The flights, operated by American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL), will start June 6, 2019, and occur daily until the fall.

"These new flights will advance DFW Airport's mission to bring more international passenger and cargo service to the Dallas-Fort Worth region," said Sean Donohue, CEO at DFW Airport, in a prepared statement.

When service for these routes launches next summer, it'll make 235 destinations59 of which are international — that DFW Airport services. The airport has added 21 international destinations this decade.



This isn't the first European splash the airport has made this year. In May, the airport added routes to Reykjavík, Iceland, through three airlines, including American.

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Developer Trammell Crow builds immigration services center at DFW Airport

 

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The General Services Administration will lease the almost 260,000-square-foot building for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Texas Service Center



The center will have both office and support space and will be ready in early 2020.

"By consolidating several locations, the USCIS will be able to more efficiently deliver on their important mission," Crow's Scott Krikorian said in a statement.

Gensler is the architect and Manhattan Construction Company will is the general contractor for the project. JPMorgan Chase Bank provided construction financing.

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Air France plans nonstop DFW-to-Paris flights starting in March

 

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Air France is saying bonjour to North Texas for the first time in more than a decade, with planned nonstop service between DFW International Airport and Paris set to launch in March of next year.



The new service will be operated aboard an Airbus A330 with 224 seats beginning March 31 and running through the 2019 summer season. The French carrier said it will operate three weekly flights from March 31 through June 30; and from Sept. 4 to Oct. 25. 

In July and August, that will increase to five weekly flights, with departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

It will be the 16th international carrier serving DFW Airport.

North Texas is home to offices or other facilities of 120 French-owned companies, with France ranking as the 13th largest trade partner for the region, according to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Rawlings, along with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, visited France in June along with a delegation of airport and other local officials in a trade mission that included a meeting with Air France executives.



"Our recent mission trip to France was intended to spark even more corporate activity between our regions," Rawlings said in a statement. "These new flights will strengthen our business ties with France and western Europe and expand our capacity to travel between DFW and Paris."

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Airline launches its first DFW Airport to Florida route, prices start at $39

 

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Sun Country Airlines is launching two Florida flights from Dallas Fort Worth Airport this week. It will mark the first time the airline has operated a scheduled flight to Florida that originated at DFW Airport.



The airline's new DFW-to-Fort Myers route begins Wednesday, and a DFW-to-Tampa flight will start Friday. Sun Country said flights to Fort Myers and Tampa are available for as little as $39 and $49, respectively.

It also flies to Cancun out of DFW and will start a DFW-to-Punta Cana, Dominican Republic route in November.

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