Dallas/Fort Worth Expanding International Routes

Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth, the eight-busiest airport in the world, might be on some performance-enhancing juice. Succumbing to exuberance its been mushrooming Asian-bound flights. This month it added service to Hong Kong and Shanghai.

It also recently added flights to Seoul and Tokyo. Next up is Beijing. And American Airlines will likely get that DFW-Beijing route. American now serves Beijing from Chicago and Los Angeles with daily flights. To paraphrase Bob Dylan, everybody has to serve somebody.

American started Dallas-Seoul Incheon and Dallas-Tokyo Narita in 2013. From DFW, they now serve Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai daily; Tokyo service is twice a day. All routes are operated by Boeing 777-200ERs, except Hong Kong which uses 777-300ERs.

Korean Air’s Dallas-Seoul route is the only Asian carrier coming into Dallas.

DFW masterminds focus beyond America like a Texas boy negotiating his virginity in a border town. Now they’re looking east, with eyes on Istanbul. Logic says that Turkish Airlines, part of Star Alliance, will keep out of Texas given that oneworld alliance American Airlines have an Alamo-like fortress at DFW.

The airport also would like to add services to Johannesburg, Rome and Zurich, according to the Centre for Aviation. American Airlines is more than willing. They already serve Rome from Chicago and JFK, and Zurich from New York. From Dallas, American flies to Frankfurt, London and Paris.

DFW is the fourth largest U.S. airport in passenger numbers (60.4 million). International passengers grew at the rate of 10 percent last year. The three largest U.S. airports for international seat capacity are New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles. DFW ranks ninth but the rate of growth of international passengers outscored all the others.

About 60 percent of DFWs passengers transited in 2013. About 10 percent of those made an international-to-international connection.

And DFW is popular with all three major Gulf network carriers – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar. Emirates comes with an Airbus A380.

Qatar Airways begins Dallas service July 1 and has a partnership with American via the oneworld alliance. Etihad began Dallas service last December.

The Tarmac’s View:  DFW’s weekly seats to Asia have increased from 14,500 to 22,500. The airport has become a popular destination for foreign carriers because from there passengers can reach every major North American city within four hours. Also, DFW-based American Airlines has hustled partners like Qantas and the Gulf carriers.

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Comments (Showing 6 of 6)

  • envgeo at 12:44pm June 24, 2014

    DUS makes sense to connect to airberlin for europe.

  • eelynek at 7:11pm June 24, 2014

    “Logic says that Turkish Airlines, part of Star Alliance, will keep out of Texas given that oneworld alliance American Airlines have an Alamo-like fortress at DFW.”

    I’m sure the author meant keep out of DFW, not Texas, as Turkish Airlines flies to Houston.

  • ethan777 at 9:00pm June 24, 2014

    There is a few errors in this article…

    logic says that Turkish Airlines, part of Star Alliance, will keep out of Texas given that oneworld alliance American Airlines have an Alamo-like fortress at DFW.

    Turkish currently serves Houston, which as I’m sure your away is in Texas. They will not serve DFW anytime soon because they are a member of Star, and not OneWorld, they serve Houston as that is a big UA hub.

    Also, the only gulf carrier to serve DFW right now is Emirates. Etihad does not start service to Dallas until December, and (as you noted) QR starts July 1st.

  • PurpleCircle at 10:03pm June 24, 2014

    Huh? DFW-NRT has been around for awhile..,

  • HNL at 10:15pm June 24, 2014

    Fact Check
    ————————
    1) AA has been operating DFW-NRT for decades.
    2) AA does not fly LAX-PEK.
    3) AA has discussed adding DFW-PEK but has not applied for the authority to do so.
    4) AA also operates DFW-MAD.
    5) AA also has a partnership with Etihad

  • sdsearch at 10:20pm June 24, 2014

    American used to fly to Zurich (ZRH) from both DFW and JFK, but dropped DFW-JFK after SWISS joined Star Alliance. (AA is in the oneworld alliance.)

    The article makes no mention of that, and then says American is “more than willing” to consider adding DFW-ZRH service. But once you understand that this would actually mean the RESUMPTION of a previously discontinued service, I think it needs more explanation.

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