No landing fees and free marketing dollars has lured several international carriers to launch service at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
Since 2012, the airport has offered $50 million in incentives to airlines to add flights to far flung destinations including Dubai, Shanghai and Sydney, airport chief executive Sean Donohue told Fort Worth business leaders at a luncheon on Wednesday.
"We are going to continue to maximize that program because if you get a return of $200 million [in economic impact per year] alone in one flight, that's a great return on investment," Donohue said at the Mayor's International Luncheon hosted by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
Unlike domestic visitors who spend about $500 to $600 when they visit Fort Worth, international travelers tend to stay longer and spend between $2,000 to $3,000 in the local economy, Donohue said.
In the past four years, international passenger traffic has grown 39 percent at DFW Airport. Recently, Qantas Airways and Emirates Airlines both started using the world's largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, on its routes to DFW.
"Global is where we're all going... that's why [we've] been so focused on growing the international footprint at the airport," Donohue said.