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And the big get bigger

DFW continues to expand, spurred on by explosive growth in international traffic D alias/Ft. Worth International Airport, already No. 2 worldwide in both land mass and flight operations, is expanding to take advantage of rapid traffic growth, primarily from Latin America and Asia. Expansion is being done under a $5.5 billion 1997 Airport Development Plan update.

DFW added eight new nonstop routes into Latin America last year and three international routes have opened or are scheduled to start this year. Additionally, three Grupo TACA carriers--TACA, Lacsa and Aviateca--began serving the airport from South America under marketing agreements with American Airlines. The 11 new points were among 26 key destinations the airport had targeted as part of its 1997 marketing strategy.

Over the past five years, DFW's international passenger traffic has grown 67% while international cargo has risen 57%. Total passenger traffic topped 60 million in 1997, with international passengers representing the fastest-growing segment at 5.7%. Passengers flying foreign flag carriers increased 59%. Passenger traffic is expected to grow to 100 million by 2015. Total cargo hit 894,000 tons last year, with international cargo growing fastest. Cargo is expected to go to 1. …

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