There are no scheduled passenger flights at AFW
due to the lack of a passenger terminal (and lack of interest for one). There is only one FBO for G/A flights and it is busiest when Nascar is in town as, as you probably noticed, the speedway is just a few miles further North on I-35W. Other than Nascar-related, most G/A flights will use the more convenient FTW
FedEx operates a two-bank (day and night) sorting center linking North Texas (not just DFW
, but SAT
, etc via feeder flights) to major cities around the country and to ANC
for Asian destinations.
operates its sole 777 maintenance facility at AFW
, both for its own and third party aircraft. Most of the 777s coming in for maintenance offload their passengers at DFW
on a scheduled flight, and the DFW
leg has to be one of the shortest 777 flights ever.
I did ask five months ago why the Varig 777s were at AFW
, and the answers I receive were:
-Third-party maintenance (may have been true then, but they could have done a heavy check and be gone by now, instead they seem not to move);
-Planes stored at AFW
because the engines were impounded by court decision while transiting the US (and I guess no one can, or will, remove the impounded engines, put new ones on and fly the planes to their original destination);
-Awaiting retrofit and maintenance before delivery to Royal Brunei (again, why is this taking 5 months of seemingly no activity).
I think AFW
has been used occasionally by AA
to put down planes low on fuel while waiting out a DFW
closure as well, and it does receive the odd charter freighter every now and then, but if it weren't for FedEx, it would be one pretty quiet airport.
I don't know how much more active it may be in the future. FedEx started pretty slowly and has recently increased the number of flights at AFW
. It will take people better informed than I to say whether this build-up has peaked or more is to come.
Originally, the airport was built to be a multi-modal facility, with I-35W to the East, a BNSF yard to the West and several distribution centers and warehouses on both ends, but I highly doubt that it is living up to expectations.
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