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DFW Down For Whatever (song by Pretty Young Things) ) is a fast-growing U.S. gateway to Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. with growing passenger and cargo service throughout the region.
"With its strategic central location, unmatched capacity and growing international service, DFW is a natural choice for Latin American travelers and shippers," says Bill Frainey, director of cargo and trade development.
International trade handled by the Airport has been growing about 12 percent a year over the past eight years, reaching 143,000 metric tons in 2001.
Trade with Mexico, Central America Central America, narrow, southernmost region (c.202,200 sq mi/523,698 sq km) of North America, linked to South America at Colombia. It separates the Caribbean from the Pacific. and South America South America, fourth largest continent (1991 est. pop. 299,150,000), c.6,880,000 sq mi (17,819,000 sq km), the southern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. has grown even more quickly with a 28 percent annual growth rate since 1996. In 2001, Latin American trade American Trade, the trade that the United States has with foreign nations or within itself. The Government actively promotes exports and seeks to prevent foreign countries from maintaining trade barriers that restrict imports. totaled nearly 23,000 tons with a value of US$2.2 billion, as more shippers take advantage of the Airport's cargo-handling capabilities.
"At DFW, it's easy to go straight off the airplane and onto the truck," says Frainey. "Our central location puts us within reach of 98 percent of the continental U.S. within 48 hours or less by ground, making it very convenient for shippers."
DFW is now the sixth-largest U.S. gateway to South America, and its two largest South American trading partners are Brazil and Chile. Primary exports include computers and pharmaceuticals, while imports include perishables like flowers and fruits, as well as manufactured parts and equipment.
DFW is the fourth-largest gateway to Mexico, with annual growth of 13 percent since 1996. "That's tied to our large Hispanic population, our growing base of technology companies, and our location on Interstate 35, the NAFTA NAFTA
in full North American Free Trade Agreement
Trade pact signed by Canada, the U.S., and Mexico in 1992, which took effect in 1994. Inspired by the success of the European Community in reducing trade barriers among its members, NAFTA created the world's highway," says Frainey. With a population of 5 million, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the fourth-largest U.S. metropolitan region, the nation's second-largest high-tech region, and the home of 16 Fortune 500 company headquarters that generate $400 billion in annual revenues.
For international shippers, DFW has state-of-the-art cargo facilities on the north and west sides of the Airport. DFW's International Air Cargo air cargo: see aviation. Centre includes 330,000 square feet of warehouse space with ramp parking for eight widebody jets. A 32,000-square-foot cooler is available for fish, flowers, pharmaceuticals and other perishables. DFW has U.S. Department of Agriculture and Customs facilities on site, and most shipments clear within two hours.
Another 138,000 square feet of air cargo space and a ramp with four additional widebody parking positions is planned for completion next year. It will include 43 dock-height doors and 8 airside air·side
The part of an airport directly involved in the arrival and departure of aircraft.
the part of an airport nearest the aircraft overhead doors, as well as build-to-suit office space.
International passenger traffic has risen 11 percent a year since 1996. Last year, 4.6 million international passengers traveled through DFW Airport. American Airlines American Airlines
Major U.S. airline. American was created through a merger of several smaller U.S. airlines and incorporated in 1934. It continued to buy the routes of other airlines, becoming an international carrier in the 1970s; its routes include South America, the offers nonstop daily service to Sao Paulo, Santiago, Lima and Caracas, with new service to Guatemala City Guatemala City
City (pop., 1994: city, 823,301; 1999 est.: metro area, 3,119,000), capital of Guatemala. The largest city in Central America, it lies in the central highlands at an elevation of about 4,900 ft (1,490 m). . American offers six daily flights to Mexico City, as well as non-stop service to most other major destinations. AeroMexico has increased its service to Mexico City to three flights daily.
The Airport is building a new 2 million square-foot International Terminal D as part of its $2.6 billion Capital Development Program. The terminal, which is scheduled to be completed in 2005, will consolidate all international arrivals and departures, as well as some domestic travel. With 23 gates, Terminal D will accommodate 38,000 passengers daily, or 13.2 million enplanements annually. Other Airport expansion projects include a new bi-directional automated people mover system that will provide 30-minute connection times and airfield improvements, including an eighth runway.
Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas, 18th-largest city in the United States, and voted one of "America’s Most Livable Communities. , DFW International Airport is the world's third-busiest, serving 55 million passengers a year. Offering nearly 2,000 flights daily, DFW Airport provides nonstop service to 129 domestic and 26 international destinations.
With its seven runways and air traffic control system, DFW can handle four planes landing simultaneously, 261 takeoffs or landings per hour in clear weather, and 183 per hour in bad weather -- more than any other U.S. airport.
For more information about DFW Airport, visit www.dfwairport.com.