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April 04, 2013

DFW Airport reports 2.9 percent more passengers in February

Airlines carried more passengers through Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in February, even though the short month had hundreds of flights cancelled due to bad weather across the country.

The airport served 4.3 million passengers in February, up 2.9 percent compared to the same month last year, Luis Perez, vice president of air service development told the airport board at its monthly meeting on Thursday.

With monthly passenger increases, the airport is on track to serve over 60 million passengers this fiscal year.

American Airlines, which operates 84 percent of the flights out of DFW, had 3.6 million passengers, up 1.8 percent. Low-costs carriers, including Spirit Airlines which continues to add flights, grew 23.6 percent over February 2012 to 331,395 passengers.

On Thursday, Spirit added service to two more destinations, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The carrier now serves 21 destinations out of DFW with plans to add four more by June.

International passenger numbers were also up 8.5 percent to 448,281 as American has added flights to Rio de Janiero, Costa Rica and Belize. Lufthansa, which flies daily to Frankfurt, has reported traffic is up 31 percent, Perez said.

Cargo traffic, however, dropped 10.1 percent compared to February 2012, with international cargo down 17.7 percent, as Chinese New Year came later in the calender in 2013.

The board also received an update on its search to replace chief executive Jeff Fegan, who will retire in September. The search firm hired by the airport has met with board members and staff to discuss what qualifications the next executive should have and expects to conduct first round candidate interviews in late May, said board member Lillie Biggins.

-Andrea Ahles

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