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Dallas International Airport touts economic impact

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport said that the facility is currently contributing more than USD 31bn worth of economic impact into the Dallas/Fort Worth region every year according to a new study by the University of North Texas (UNT) Center for Economic Development and Research.

The new study claims that DFW produces almost double the economic impact than previous studies have shown, because it includes DFW cargo operations and related business activity that previous studies did not include. The study findings were presented at the Aerotropolis Americas Conference at the Hyatt Regency DFW this week.

Another claim of the study: that DFW directly or indirectly supports over 143,000 permanent jobs to North Texas residents, including 60,000 people who work on the airport premises every day, resulting in more than USD 9bn in annual wages, salaries, and benefits.

It also finds that air cargo operations at DFW support USD 16.7bn in regional economic activity ever year, while business activity and visitor spending associated with DFW Airport operations generate more than USD 1.7bn annually for state and local taxing jurisdictions.

Business tenants at DFW (not including concessionaires located in the terminals) generate almost USD 1.6bn in regional economic activity each year.

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