DFW’s focus on Asia is paying off

With seven Asian airlines currently running 39 flights a week to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, plus increased interest from carriers in using DFW as a transfer hub for cargo between Latin America and Asia, DFW has become a major US hub. Karen E. Thuermer reports.


With seven Asian airlines currently running 39 flights a week to and fromDallas/Fort Worth International Airport, plus increased interest fromcarriers in using DFW as a transfer hub for cargo between Latin Americaand Asia, DFW has become a major US hub. Karen E. Thuermer reports.

Asia is an important market to DFWand represents half of the airport’sairfreight volumes. According to airportstatistics, January – October 2006volumes were up over 22 percent overthe same period last year. This translatesto 177,400 tonnes YTD 2006 versus144,900 tonnes YTD 2005.

While cargo managers at Houston’sBush Intercontinental Airport (IAH),located approximately 250 miles southof DFW, are also aggressively courtingAsian carriers, Bill Frainey, assistant vicepresident of Air Service Developmentat DFW stresses DFW’s advantages inaccess to US markets and connectivityto Latin America.

‘Every time I speak with an Asianairline we talk about Latin America,’says Frainey. ‘There is an increasing need for the service. It is a matter of time before we pull this together.’

American Airlines, which uses DFWas one of its major hubs, already offersdaily wide-body service to LatinAmerica. While AA operates only passengerflights, belly freight arrives atDFW on AA flights early each morningfrom Latin America that can be connectedonto AA’s twice-daily 777 flightsto Tokyo.

‘We cannot underestimate the importancethat American Airlines playsin air cargo at DFW,’ Frainey states.