DFW International Airport

DFW Airport covers more than 26.9 square miles and over 17,000 acres and is located equal distance between Dallas and Fort Worth. Although most of DFW Airport is in Grapevine, it is also shared with the cities of Coppell, Euless and Irving. DFW Airport opened in 1974 and employs 143,000 full time employees.

DFW Airport Statistics

  • The largest airport in Texas
  • 2nd largest airport in the US (Denver is the largest)
  • 3rd busiest airport in the World by aircraft movements and operations
  • 9th busiest airport in the World by passenger traffic
  • 10th busiest international gateway in the US and 2nd busiest in Texas (Houston is the busiest)
  • The only airport in the World with 4 serviceable paved runways longer than 13,400 ft

Currently, DFW Airport offers service to 204 destinations, including 56 international destinations. In 2014, DFW Airport served over 63 million passengers, approximately 174,031 per day.

DFW Airport has been an American Airlines hub since 1981. Currently, there are 27 passenger airlines and several cargo carriers. In 2010, DFW Airport was voted “Best cargo airport in North America.” In 2013, DFW Airport handled almost 65% of all aircraft cargo in Texas.

Because DFW Airport is one of the largest airports in the world, a people mover system was created. Since opening in 2005, travelers use Skylink which is an automated bi-directional train system that quickly connects passengers to all 5 terminals once they are inside security. There is also Terminal Link, which transfers passengers to other terminals while they are outside security. DFW Airport has plans to build a sixth terminal in the near future.

DFW Airport provides a variety of services to help travelers. In addition to several travel lounges throughout the airport, there are more than 120 restaurants and food outlets. The airport also houses more than 100 specialty and retail shops. You can find duty free shops and everything from Texas gifts to travel items to electronic gadgets and jewelry. There is wireless internet access and places to get a massage or your shoes shined, and there are 2 play areas for children. Find a complete list of services here.

Be sure to read up on DFW Airport security tips before traveling. Find rules for carry-on items and prohibited items, info for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions, info on traveling with children, and a list of acceptable forms of identification.

Parking at DFW Airport has improved significantly over the years. There is valet parking available at all terminals, and cars are parked in covered garages with 24-hour a day monitoring. Additionally, there is parking available at every terminal, express parking with easy pick up/drop off, and remote parking with continuous bus service and easy to locate pick up areas. The DFW parking website provides updated information on parking availability.

There are two on-airport hotels, the Grand Hyatt DFW and the Hyatt Regency DFW. There are many other lodging choices just outside the airport in Grapevine, and most offer shuttles or courtesy cars, with reasonable parking options.

Travelers coming to and from DFW Airport can connect with public transportation, taxis, shared rides, charter buses, and the Rental Car Center is served by 10 rental companies. In 2014, DART opened the DFW Airport Station in August 2014. Travelers can now travel between DFW Airport and downtown Dallas or aboard the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Find more info on DFW Airport ground transportation here.

Founders’ Plaza is an observation area that allows aviation enthusiasts and families amazing views of aircraft as they land and take off. There are picnic tables, free parking, telescopes, historical information, and a commemorative monument. There is even a radio that broadcasts air traffic control communications from the FAA tower. The park is open year round from 7am-7pm.

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