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Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Planning Organization 40th Anniversary

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is celebrating its 40th anniversary as the region’s metropolitan planning organization.

Throughout 2014, the Transportation Department will look back at some historic events and accomplishments that shaped the region while also looking forward to the future.

This month, the focus is how a multifaceted aviation system helps North Texas thrive.

Logo: Regional Transportation Council 40th Anniversary

Recently, significant events have thrust commercial aviation into the spotlight. Fort Worth-based American Airlines and US Airways merged in late 2013, forming the world’s largest airline. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport celebrated its 40th anniversary in January. And the Wright Amendment, restricting long-haul flights at Dallas Love Field Airport, expired in October, opening up more possibilities for travelers. Although Dallas-Fort Worth is home to two major airlines — American Airlines and Southwest Airlines — aviation in North Texas covers much more than commercial flights. Read more in Local Motion >>>


In what year did an aircraft fly over the city of Dallas for the first time?

A. 1900
B. 1910
C. 1920
D. 1930

Answer on the NCTCOG Transportation Facebook page for a chance to win an aviation-related prize.


Photo: American Airlines

Via Instagram / Facebook: The first flight to what is now Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, on January 13, 1974, was American Airlines No. 341 from Little Rock, Arkansas, originating in New York City. #DFWMPO40 #transpo #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

Aviation in North Texas: An Enduring Legacy

November is Aviation History Month, and as part of its 40th anniversary as the region’s metropolitan planning organization, NCTCOG is taking a look at the industry’s impact in North Texas.

Before 1974

  • An aircraft flew over Dallas for the first time during an exhibition at Fair Park in 1910.

  • Dallas Love Field opened on October 19, 1917, as a US Army Air Service base for flight training. The base was named in honor of 1st Lt. Moss Lee Love, who was killed when his plane crashed during practice for his Military Aviator Test. The city of Dallas purchased Love Field in 1927, and passenger service began shortly thereafter.

  • Many of the region’s general aviation airports were established during the World War II era to provide military training.

  • Carswell Air Force Base was established in 1942 and used as a training facility through the Persian Gulf War.

  • The city of Denton used 550 acres of land in 1947 on the west side of the city to build an airport with a single concrete runway that was 4,150 feet long and 150 feet wide.

  • In 1968, Grand Prairie Municipal Airport was relocated from near downtown Grand Prairie to its existing location, south of downtown.

Since 1974

  • The Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport opened for commercial service on January 13, 1974, at a cost of $700 million. (DFW Airport is currently undergoing a $2.7 billion renovation.) The name changed to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 1985.

  • With a federal grant to the city of McKinney on June 15, 1977, what is now Collin County Regional Airport was constructed.
Alliance Airport
Photo: Fort Worth Alliance Airport
  • In 1989, an NCTCOG system plan indicated a demand in the region for additional aviation infrastructure, leading to the construction of Alliance Airport. Currently, Alliance is the nation’s top Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) for the value of foreign merchandise imported.

  • As part of the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission process, Carswell Air Force Base became the Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base in 1994. The US Navy now hosts the installation, and it is also home to the Texas Air National Guard.

  • Today, the 16-county region of North Texas is home to over 300 aerospace and aviation employers and has approximately 400 aviation facilities within the 15,700-square-mile-area. Fifty-six are public-use facilities.

  • North Texas is home to 15 air traffic control towers at commercial, reliever and general aviation facilities that coordinate the operations for 4,153 aircraft based in the region.

  • Regionally, aviation employs 537,000, accounting for a payroll of $11 billion and a $40 billion economic benefit.
  • Last year, North Texas airports processed 941,196 metric tons of cargo.

  • In 2013, DFW Airport was the fourth-busiest airport in the nation, serving more than 60.4 million passengers.

  • The Wright Amendment, which restricted long-haul flights from Dallas Love Field, expired October 13, 2014.

  • Denton Municipal Airport is the eighth-busiest contracted airport traffic control tower in the nation.
DFW Airport
Photo: DFW Airport

Aviation Infographic

Dallas-Fort Worth MPO at 40: Reflecting on Accomplishments, Historic Events and More

January 2014: What was Happening in 1974
February 2014: Forty Years of Media and Public Involvement
March 2014: Transportation Options
April 2014: The Regional Transportation Council
May 2014: Air Quality
June 2014: Youth Involvement in Transportation
July 2014: Regional Innovations
August 2014: Public Transportation
September 2014: Technology and Transportation Planning
October 2014: Growth in Population and Transportation
November 2014: Aviation
December 2014: Future of Transportation

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