A 2015 study conducted by the Perryman Group reported DFW Airport delivers over $37 billion dollars in economic impact for the North Texas region, and supports 228,000 jobs in the area with an associated payroll of $12.5 billion each year.

DFW Airport knows the value of diversity in the business world which has yielded significant economic results. According to the Perryman study, $1.2 billion is added to the local economy by engaging disadvantaged, small, minority, and women-owned businesses. The Airport’s business diversity programs account for 7,500 jobs and $366 million in payroll.

“DFW Airport is proud of the contribution we make to the ongoing economic success of the Dallas Fort Worth area. There are now 21 Fortune 500 companies, including American Airlines, in our region,” said Sean Donohue, chief executive officer of DFW Airport. “We will continue to support new business expansion by staying focused on increasing air service and positioning DFW and the region on the global stage.”

DFW offers airline service to 56 international destinations, and recognizes the importance of increasing that number, as well as frequencies, to support travel demand and build the airport of the future.

“We are marketing DFW aggressively on a global level, but we also have to be strategic in how and where to expand our operations,” said Donohue. “We expect a significant portion of our future growth to come from international travel.”

One of DFW’s top priority markets is Mexico, currently the airport’s largest international customer base. Thirty-five percent of the Airport’s international passengers are from Mexico and, in just 12 months, more than 1.8 million people travelled to the Dallas Fort Worth region. To support this level of traffic, DFW has increased non-stop service to 19 leading Mexican business and leisure destinations.

DFW hosts six passenger airlines that fly to Mexico: AeroMexico, American Airlines, Interjet, Spirit, Sun Country and Volaris. Altogether, customers can choose from over 320 flights each week to Mexico, and in turn, the flights generate more than $1 billion in annual economic impact to the Dallas Fort Worth region.

The Airport’s relationship with Mexico doesn’t end there. This summer, DFW Airport supported Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, DFW Airport board members Bridget M. Lopez and Henry Borbolla, and Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Monica R. Alonzo on a trade mission to Mexico City to build economic, cultural and diplomatic ties between the Dallas Fort Worth area and Mexico. DFW Airport hosted a travel industry reception to promote travel and tourism to North Texas and to educate travel buyers on the benefits of choosing DFW as the U.S. gateway for their clients.

Over the last five years, DFW has participated or led more than a dozen of these missions with the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth to promote new air service, support existing routes, and build business relationships.

“By working together, we can build on our success in expanding the North Texas economy,” said Donohue.

To keep up the pace in attracting more passengers to DFW and supporting the economy, the airport must do more than just increase air service options for passengers. In line with its vision to be a preeminent global superhub, DFW is heavily investing in improving the customer experience.

One key project is the ongoing $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program. This initiative is about renewing DFW’s original terminals, adding amenities and concessions, and updating technology. From free charging stations for electronics to a variety of places to shop, dine and relax, passengers will find more options for comfort and entertainment than ever before.

As a gateway into the United States and a key transit point between Latin American and Asia, one of DFW Airport’s priorities is creating an efficient, expedient entry process into the country. While maintaining a focus on safety and security, the airport continuously seeks ways to improve travel facilitation for international passengers.

The DFW Airport International Arrivals Hall looks very different from many other U.S. airports. Aside from the art and friendly staff available to direct passengers, there is an abundance of technology available.

Wait times in Passport Control have been reduced to 15 minutes or less for most passengers thanks to investments made by the Airport. There are more than 70 kiosks where passengers process themselves—much like the self-service airline ticketing kiosks.

Automated Passport Control kiosks allow electronic processing for more than 70 percent of all international customers. Global Entry kiosks are available for citizens from eight countries, including Mexico, and are a popular method for business travellers. Another useful option that benefits all international passengers is DFW’s Carry E-Z lane, which allows anyone making an international-to-international connection on a Oneworld airline or flying without checked bags to clear customs in one step.

DFW is certainly not the same Airport it was five years ago. The airport has seen unprecedented levels of international growth. The stage is set for greater expansion with a strong partnership with the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, targeted campaigns to increase brand awareness and build ties internationally, and a commitment to revamping the customer experience.

Today, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is an economic powerhouse for North Texas with 2015’s impact figures significantly higher than those calculated just two years earlier. Tomorrow, the sky is the limit for the Dallas Fort Worth region with a continued commitment to connect the DFW area to international commerce and tourism.

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