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January 13, 2014

Happy 40th Birthday, DFW Airport!

DFW Airport Terminal A 122Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is looking ahead to life after 40.

The airport, which celebrates its 40th anniversary today, is entering middle age with a $2.3 billion face-lift on its original terminals and more flights to exotic international destinations like Shanghai and Abu Dhabi.

It’s also home to the world’s largest airline now that American Airlines and US Airways have merged.

The airport, built on an open prairie in 1974, has become a multibillion-dollar economic engine for North Texas, with 1,800 daily flights carrying over 60 million passengers a year. Almost 60,000 people go to work at DFW each day.

And even though it spent the last decade recovering from an industry downturn after the 9-11 attacks, DFW is poised to become an international hub connecting one continent to another, said Sean Donohue, the airport’s new chief executive.

“There’ll be more consolidation around the true global superhubs and obviously, that’s where we want DFW to be — one of those successful super global hubs,” Donohue said.

Click here to read the full article that appeared in Sunday's Star-Telegram.

-Andrea Ahles

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