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October 03, 2013

International passengers up 15 percent at DFW Airport in August

More international passengers are arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

In August, the airport served 658,509 international travelers, up 15 percent compared to the same month last year, vice president of air service development Luis Perez told airport board members on Thursday.

American Airlines' new flight to Seoul, Korea is doing well, Perez said and Korean Air is now using a larger Boeing 777-300 aircraft on its nonstop flight to Seoul. 

"With Samsung and LG here in the Metroplex, the airlines are seeing a high level of premium traffic on those [Seoul] routes," Perez said.

The airport's total number of passengers in August also increased 4 percent to 5.4 million. Its largest tenant, American, increased capacity by 1.5 percent and saw its passenger total rise 2.5 percent to 4.4 million.

Perez said low cost carrier service is up 26.2 percent as Spirit Airlines continues to add more destinations and US Airways increases capacity at the airport.

The airport's cargo loads, however, have dropped, down 5.1 percent in August as the global economy continues to be sluggish, Perez said.

-Andrea Ahles

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