On any given day, voices speaking Arabic, Korean, Dutch or Portuguese can be heard throughout Terminal D at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
And on Wednesday, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese will join the conversation as American Airlines launches its first nonstop service to Shanghai and Hong Kong from North Texas.
The flights to China, which will operate daily, connect DFW to one of the most dynamic parts of the world and mark another step in transforming the airport, which opened 40 years ago with the wordRegional in its name, into a global hub.
In the last five years, DFW has added almost two dozen international destinations, including Rio de Janeiro, Dubai and Sydney. International airlines such as Qantas, Emirates and Qatar Airways, which will launch flights to Doha in July, have added operations at DFW. And in the fall, the world’s largest passenger jet, the A380, will be used on routes to Australia and the Middle East.
American, which has served Japan, Europe and Latin America for years, has expanded its international reach from DFW. Since 2011, the Fort Worth-based carrier has added flights to Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia; Seoul, South Korea; Rio de Janeiro; Roatan, Honduras; and Edmonton, Canada.
While the additional international service is bringing more business travelers and tourists to the Metroplex, more than half of the airport’s passengers, almost 35 million in fiscal 2014, are connecting through DFW to other destinations.
“DFW is a great connection point for international-to-international [destinations], especially from Asia to South America,” airport Chief Executive Sean Donohue said. “American’s got a great South American network. They’re growing their Asian network. There is a tremendous amount of customer flow that goes between both areas of the world.”