DFW Airport landed several new carriers in 2011, including Qantas Airways, Emirates Airline and the popular low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways. Qantas started service with a 16-hour flight to Sydney in May while Emirates and JetBlue will initiate service next year.
The airport also launched its $1.9 billion terminal renovation project which will take seven years to redo its four original terminals, A, B, C, and E. The first one-third of Terminal A was shut down in May and will reopen in 16 months after the airport updates its heating and cooling systems and concessions in that area. Additional terminal sections will be redone through 2018.
But it's the new carriers that North Texas travelers are excited about. Spirit Airlines, which began service in April, has added several new cities to its DFW service. Virgin America has also increased its flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles in its first year of operations at DFW.
For its fiscal year that ended on October 1, the airport added nine international and 10 domestic destinations.
And with the additions to the airport, its board decided in December to give airport chief executive Jeff Fegan a 5.75 percent raise, making his annual salary $400,000.
Not bad for a year's work of bringing planes with new liveries to DFW.