AMERICAN GATEWAYS FOR ASIA~ DFW is positioned for escalating growth

The news keeps getting better at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). In late July, Cathay Pacifi c Cargo added two new 747-400 freighter frequencies to DFW. In late August, the carrier added a seventh rotation that brings daily service between HongKong (HKG) and DFW. “This brings a total of 42 weekly Asian freighters to the […]


The news keeps getting better at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). In late July, Cathay Pacifi c Cargo added two new 747-400 freighter frequencies to DFW. In late August, the carrier added a seventh rotation that brings daily service between HongKong (HKG) and DFW.

“This brings a total of 42 weekly Asian freighters to the best cargo airport in the world,” exclaims Bill Frainey, assistant vice president of air service development at DFW.

Earlier this April, Lufthansa added a fourth fl ight to Frankfurt (FRA) with an MD11 freighter. This, coupled with last year’s debut of Air France 747 freighter weekly CDG-MEX-DFW-CDG triangle service, means there are more connecting cargo opportunities to the Middle East, Africa and the IndianSub-Continent.

Last year, fi ve major international cargo airlines launched or expanded freighter service at DFW. Four of those were Asian freighter airlines: Air China Cargo (3x weekly DFW-PEK 747 freighter service); China Cargo Airlines (6x weekly DFW-PVG 747 freighter service); Cathay Pacifi c Cargo (a fourth weekly DFW-HKG 747 freighter); and Singapore Airlines Cargo (a fi fth weekly freighter – its third weekly around-theworld service on a SIN-MFM-DFW-BRUDXB- SIN routing, adding a third directconnection to Dubai).

Frainey attributes DFW’s attraction to DFW’s strong local market that continues to drive an amazing 28.8 percent growth rate between China and DFW, and North Texas, which is one of the fasting growing markets in the United States and the fi fth largest US-Asia market. “More than 6 million people in the region surround the airport,” he says. “Only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago have larger metropopulations.”