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February 15, 2012

Texas airports form a new association

Texas' airports announced on Wednesday that they have joined together to form the Texas Commercial Airports Association.

The association will focus on legislative issues that affect airports and on supporting economic development.

“By coming together as an organization, the passenger airports in Texas can speak through one clear, strong voice,” said Mario Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport System and TCAA Chairman. “Collectively, we believe we have greater influence than any one of our airports can have individually.”

The group, which includes Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Dallas Love Field, says its airports serve more than 135 million passengers annually. The airports create more than 714,720 full-time jobs with earnings of about $20 billion, TCAA said.

“Airports continue to serve as important business drivers for Texas, which has one of the strongest state economies in the nation,” said DFW airport chief executive Jeff Fegan, who also serves on the
TCAA board. “Besides airline industry jobs, commercial passenger airports also support many other industries such as cargo shipping, warehousing, tourism and commercial development.”

-Andrea Ahles

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