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March 07, 2013

DFW Airport hits 200 destination mark

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport reached a milestone this month as it now has 200 destinations with American Eagle adding service to Hermosillo and Zacatecas, Mexico.

“This puts us up there with Beijing and Dubai,” vice president of air service development Luis Perez told the airport board at its monthly meeting on Thursday, noting that only a handful of airports worldwide can claim over 200 destinations. “200 is a big win for DFW Airport and of course, we would like to keep increasing that number.”

DFW is only the third airport in the U.S. to have over 200 destinations. Atlanta and Chicago’s O’Hare airports both have more destinations than DFW.

Perez also told the board that the airport served 4.65 million passengers in January, up 6.8 percent from January 2012. The increase was due to American Airlines adding back capacity as it works through its bankruptcy restructuring. American reported a 5 percent increase in passengers in January with 3.9 million travelers.

Low-cost carriers grew its passenger numbers by 31.2 percent to 516,082 as Spirit Airlines has added several new destinations in the past year. With the addition of Emirates Airlines and Cayman Airways, international passenger figures have also increased, up 13.7 percent to 516,082 passengers in January.

The airport board also approved the hiring of SpencerStuart, an executive search firm, to help the board find a replacement for its chief executive Jeff Fegan who is retiring in September.

-Andrea Ahles

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