Today in Texas History – January 13

From the Annals of Air Travel –  In 1974, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport officially opened.  Originally called the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport, DFW is the third busiest airport in the world measured by take-offs and landings and the ninth in the world measured by number of passengers with over 60 million passenger arrivals and departures.  Curiously, it is the second busiest airport in international arrivals/departures behind Houston’s Bush Intercontinental.  It does have the distinction of being one of the few airports in the world with flights to more than 200 foreign destinations.

DFW is located in Dallas and Tarrant Counties and takes in parts of Irving, Euless, Grapevine and Coppell.  It has its own ZIP code and postal designation (“DFW Airport, TX”).  The massive complex also has its own police, fire protection and emergency medical services.   DFW has 5 terminals with a total of 165 gates.  It has room to expand to up to 13 terminals with 260 gates.

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