DFW Climbs Rankings of Best-Connected Airports in Country

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport moved up a ranking of the most well-connected airports in the country, according to a new study.

DFW is now the third-most connected airport in the U.S. behind only Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to research conducted by airline analytics firm OAG. Airports were ranked on a formula taking into account the number destinations and connections served.

OAG noted DFW “has risen to third place in the U.S. Domestic Megahubs Index, pushing Charlotte (CLT) into fourth place.” Denver International Airport rounded out the Top 5.

DFW ranked No. 19 for international connectivity among the world’s largest airports. Heathrow Airport in London is the most internationally connected airport in the world, according to OAG.

DFW has been adding international flights recently thanks to its main tenant, American Airlines Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAL). DFW added direct flights to Ireland for the first time ever this summer, and plans to service Israel next year.

The airport also lost some international business when three airlines starting servicing Iceland in the summer of 2018, and all stopped a little more than a year later.

DFW is American’s largest hub, and is experiencing major expansion. American brought on 15 new gates at DFW this summer and crossed 900 daily flights out of the airport.

“As this market grows, we’re going to offer more destinations,” Cedric Rockamore, American’s vice president of DFW, said this summer. “I can tell you, there are more growth plans for us. Next summer, we’ll continue to grow. We’ll see more international destinations, we’ll see more frequencies. We’ll see all the things that complement a booming economy.”

American will likely get access to more gate space at DFW next decade, as the airport announced this spring it’s adding a sixth terminal. Terminal F is expected to come online as soon as 2025 and, in conjunction with upgrades to Terminal C, cost between $3 billion and $3.5 billion to construct.

Elsewhere in North Texas, Dallas Love Field, dominated by Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: DAL) which has a greater than 90 percent market share at the airport, came in at No. 17 on the domestic list. Southwest recently squeezed 15 additional daily flights into the already packed Love Field where it now flies 195 daily flights.

SOURCE: Dallas Business Journal