I'll paraphrase an article in the March 5-11 issue of the Dallas Business Journal:
American may boost by more than 44,000 its number of annual departures from the airport by 2007...The dramatic move, part of a tentative agreement between the airline and the airport, would increase American's departures from the airport by more than 21% and hike the number of seats AA
flies out of the airport by 16%.
In return, D/FW Airport would provide the airline with financial assistance in the form of a larger portion of D/FW's existing, federally authorized $4.50-per-ticket "passenger facility charge."
D/FW Airport in 2003 had 54 million passengers, and now logs nearly 2,000 departures a day. If the new agreement wins approval, it has the potential to increase that by 122 departures a day for American Airlines alone.
While American cannot guarantee passenger volume, which is based on demand, the agreement stipulates minimum seat requirements. That ensures the airline doesn't merely replace larger jets like Boeing 757s with the increasingly popular regional jets. YEA!!!
At its business peak in 2000, D/FW served 60 million pax and had nonstop service to 132 domestic and 32 international destinations, with 2,300 flights a day. And while D/FW once again has nonstop service to 135 domestic destinations and 32 international ones, the number of daily flights remains at more than 300 below what it was before 9/11.
While I'm glad D/FW is looking to expand alot, I wish it wasn't ALL