Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, opened in January 1974, is the fourth-largest in the United States. It handled 63.5 million customers in 2014, an average of 174,031 a day. The airport, which serves as a hub for American Airlines, offers travelers 149 domestic and 58 international nonstop destinations worldwide. It offers service from 27 passenger airlines, including 10 international carriers, and 21 cargo carriers.
The airport has seven runways and 65 passenger gates. The facility is currently undergoing a major modernized effort through its $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program, scheduled to be completed by 2021. The effort is part of a plan to completely renovate four of its five terminals. The address is International Pkwy, DFW Airport, TX 75261. Travelers can see a list on the status of departing and arriving flights in real time. You can also check on the status of specific flights.
Getting to Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport
Public transportation options are great for getting to and from DFW. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail service offers direct service to downtown Dallas via Terminal A. There's also the Trinity Rail Express, which runs from the airport to Dallas and Fort Worth. You can drive, use a rental car or courtesy car, or take a taxi, too.
DFW offers Valet, Terminal, Remote and Express parking. Valet is $31 a day and is available with or without a reservation. Terminal costs $24 a day and features a new digital parking guidance systems in Terminals A and D and offers an automatic toll tag payment system. Remote lots are $10 a day and Express parking offers covered ($15 a day) and uncovered spaces ($12 a day), pick-up and drop-off at your car and help with luggage. These prices are as of June 2017.
Essential Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Links
Interactive Map of DFW Airport: This map shows everything from wayfinding to food/beverage/retail at the airport's five terminals. There are also maps for the facility's parking lots.
Security Checkpoints: DFW has 11 regular and a few Pre-Check checkpoints.
Airlines at Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport: The airport has eight domestic and 16 international carriers offer 149 domestic and 58 international nonstop flights around the world.
DFW Airport Amenities: DFW is elevating the passenger experience by upgrading its food/beverage and retail offerings, along with modernized facilities and updated amenities under the $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program. It offers free Wi-Fi, sponsored by AT&T.
Hotels and Unusual Services
DFW Airport has three on-site hotels: the Grand Hyatt DFW in Terminal D, the Hyatt Regency DFW adjacent to Terminal C and Hyatt Place DFW near the South terminals. See some of our favorite hotel picks:
- The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport
- Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Irving - DFW Airport
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Irving / DFW Airport North
- Super 8 Grapevine/DFW Airport Northwest
- La Quinta Inn & Suites Dallas DFW Airport North
- Super 8 Irving / DFW Apt / North
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Dallas DFW Airport North/Irving
Aviation enthusiasts can spend time at the airport's Founders' Plaza. The plaza's Observation Area offers magnificent views of aircraft taking off and land. There's also parking, picnic tables, telescopes, historic information, a commemorative monument and a radio that broadcasts air traffic control communications from the FAA tower. The space was dedicated in 1995, 21 years after the airport opened, to honor those who helped found the massive facility.
DFW has its own app, designed to help travelers navigate the airport. it offers real time flight updates, parking maps, dining and shopping options and maps.
Pet lovers in the area can leave their favorite dog or cat at Paradise 4 Paws, a pet boarding facility at DFW. The 25,000 square-foot facility, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, has indoor/outdoor play areas, bone-shaped splash pools, cat adventure jungle, grooming/spa services and training classes.
Available services include overnight accommodations, doggie daycare, real-time webcam access, pet pick-up and drop-off at the terminal, Airport parking and shuttle service and curbside service. There are also on-site veterinary assistants and Pet First Aid certified professionals on hand in case of an emergency.