Australia, Canada, South Korea, Italy, Japan, China and Qatar.

Those are just some of the countries that have been added to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s global destinations lineup as the airport has bulked up its offerings over the past several years for business and leisure travel.

Thirty-seven international flights have been added at DFW Airport in the past five years. Six have been discontinued, leaving 31 active international flights added during the period. Five additional foreign carriers have begun flying to DFW in that span.

Check out the slideshow with this story for the destinations, the airlines that fly there and the date the flights were established.

Overall, DFW Airport has service to 223 destinations, including 56 international and 167 destinations within the United States. Fifteen of the 27 passenger airlines that serve DFW are foreign-flagged, and 12 are domestic.

Each international flight adds an estimated $250 million annually to the DFW economy, according to a study by Waco-based economic forecasting firm The Perryman Group.

Last year, DFW Airport accelerated its quest for more international destinations by offering carriers greater incentives to launch nonstop flights to overseas cities. The incentives typically include reduced landing fees and marketing costs for the new service.

The goal is to incentivize airlines to fly longer distances and larger planes, said John Ackerman, executive vice president for global strategy and development at the airport.

The airport board approved a plan that offers $1.50 per available seat mile and a 25 percent bonus if the destination is on the airport’s list of targeted cities.

The airport is specifically seeking more service to Europe, where it had only four nonstop flights before the incentive program helped convince Fort Worth-based American Airlines to add service to Rome and Amsterdam in May. The flight to Rome connects DFW to its largest previously unserved international market.

Direct flights to Berlin, Dublin, Helsinki and Munich in Europe also are on the airport’s target list, as are Auckland, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Nagoya and Nairobi in other parts of the world

The airport also sponsors trade missions out of the country to build partnerships with international airlines, expand the number of international flights for DFW and solidify traffic for existing international flights.

These missions typically are led by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue and other members of the airport board. The missions are conducted in partnership with the Dallas Regional Chamber, and they aim to raise the region’s international profile in addition to luring more flights.

Harnessing the high-level firepower helps when it comes to luring new airlines or adding flights, Ackerman said.

“When we do these (trade missions) we get access to upper C-level executives — CEOs, CFOs and chairmen,” Ackerman said. “Getting an hour with someone like that is invaluable when we’re talking about the performance of an existing route or trying to sell them on establishing service.”


Presented by Dallas Business Journal, August 8, 2017

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