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DFW International Airport Named “Best Cargo Airport In North America” by Air Cargo World

DFW earns top spot with high marks in performance, value, facilities and operations

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (March 15, 2010) – DFW International Airport has earned the distinction of “Best cargo airport in North America” for 2010 from Air Cargo World, the air freight industry's leading global publication.

The publication’s Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) survey asked cargo airlines to rate airports on performance, value, facilities and operations. DFW finished first in the half-million to one million ton category for North America. The recognition for DFW comes as the Airport’s international cargo business continues to grow in 2010.

“DFW works every day to bring new business opportunities to North Texas and to have our cargo customers call us the ‘best in North America’ is truly gratifying,” said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW. “The entire North Texas economy benefits from DFW’s cargo growth, and we continue to look for ways to expand our international cargo and passenger traffic to promote the region as a premiere international destination.”

The Air Cargo World survey results were announced March 10 at the Air Cargo Excellence Awards in Vancouver. Top finishers in DFW’s category included Newark Liberty International Airport, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

“Cargo carriers are learning every day just how profitable flying to DFW can be,” said Joe Lopano, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Terminal Management. “DFW offers so much more than other airports including seven unrestricted runways operating day and night in any weather condition, tremendous cargo warehousing, and the ability to have shipments on a major highway in a matter of minutes.”

DFW’s cargo service is seeing a big rebound in 2010, mainly from a rise in Asian cargo shipments. In 2009, Asian freight represented more than 25 percent of all cargo at DFW, and export freight from DFW to Asia is at itshighest levels since 2007. Cargo tonnage from DFW to Asia topped 7,464 U.S. tons in December of 2009, a 38 percent increase from the previous year.

DFW currently has 12 air cargo carriers serving 14 global destinations in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.