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About DFW & Fast Facts

Welcome to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

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.

View a timeline of DFW's storied past and history

The Dallas Fort Worth Regional (later International) Airport was dedicated in September 1973 and became operational for its first time on January 13, 1974. At the time of the opening, the airport had only nine operating airlines. 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.

Leading The Way


DFW By The Numbers


Year Opened:


  • DFW covers more than 26.9 square miles
  • Real property consists of 17,183 acres
Terminals & Gates:
  • Five Terminals
  • 171 gates
Like a City:
  • Zip code
  • City designation
  • Police
  • Fire and Emergency
  • Medical Departments


World Rankings:
  • 3rd in terms of operations
  • 2nd 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

$38 billion in payroll supported, indirect and direct
634,000 jobs supported, indirect and direct
$24 billion in visitor spending
$5 billion in tax revenue - $3 billion state | $2 billion local

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

DFW's Latest Fast Facts

View DFW Airport's latest fast facts sheet. This factsheet is updated frequently. Bookmark this page for the latest. (last update March 2024)

DFW Fast Facts


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