Access

Airports

Flights to anywhere in the U.S. in less than four hours

Multiple airports offer flights to all major cities in the U.S. in less than four hours AND DFW International Airport offers more nonstop domestic destinations than any other airport.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

DFW International Airport is the 2nd busiest airport in the world and is a major hub of Fort Worth–based American Airlines, 

  • Service to 190 domestic and 63 international destinations out of 5 terminals, 171 gates and 7 runways
  • Host to 28 passenger airlines and 21 cargo and freight carriers (active)
  • Cargo network connects the region to 38 major hubs around the world.
  • IATA CEIV Pharma certified cargo community designation
  • 1st airport to achieve Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR Facility accreditation for infectious disease prevention
  • DART provides light-rail access to DFW Airport (with a second “Silver” line to open in 2025). TEXRail commuter train connects downtown Fort Worth to Terminal B.
  • A new Terminal F will begin phased construction in 2024 which, with additional improvements to Terminals A and C, will ultimately add 24 new gates and a new Skylink station.

Dallas Love Field

Located less than seven miles from downtown Dallas, Love Field is a convenient general use airport that serves as the headquarters for Southwest Airlines.

  • Service to 145+ destinations
  • Ranks Third in J.D. Power North American Airport Satisfaction Study
  • Daily Passengers (2023): 48,196
  • Total Passengers (2023): 17,591,609
  • Total Operations (2023): 251,988
  • in 2023, recently underwent a $519 million modernization renovation, including a centralized terminal with 20
    gates, a new lobby, and an expanded baggage claim area. DART services Love
    Field with the “Love Link” providing connections to the Green and Orange lines.
  • Four full service Fixed Based Operators provide general aviation users with a wide scope of services including fueling, aircraft maintenance and repair, hangar rentals, and aircraft charters.

Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport

Located in north Fort Worth, the world’s first industrial airport serves as the foundation of the AllianceTexas development.

  • Part of the 9,600-acre Alliance Global Logistics Hub offering multimodal transportation options, economic advantages, and supply chain services.
  • Foreign-Trade Zone No. 196 consistently
    ranks as one of the top General Purpose
    FTZs in the United States in terms of the
    value of foreign goods admitted
  • Located within the 27,000-acre AllianceTexas development that includes
    office, retail, and residential development.
  • Home to the Mobility Innovation Zone
SPOTLIGHT

DFW Airport Cold Chain Shipping

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is the second airport in North America to achieve an IATA CEIV Pharma certified cargo community designation.

The 50,000 square-foot cold-chain shipping facility at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport opened in 2017 to handle temperature-sensitive products, from fish to pharmaceuticals. Since then, medical and pharma-related shipments have spiked by 20%, and the facility has become one of two in the U.S. to be certified by the International Air Transportation Association's Center of Excellence for Independent Validators.

To obtain that certification, DFW assembled logistics partners specializing in ground handling, trucking, cold storage/warehousing, and freight forwarding. DFW’s cold chain facility operates 24/7 to preserve temperature- and time-sensitive pharmaceutical freight.

The 37,000 square foot space has two dedicated pharma chambers, three multi-temperature zones, and a 15,000 square foot area for airside refrigeration.

Other features include a refrigerated dock with truck doors, dry cargo space, and a certified customs screening facility for imports and exports. The facility was ready to go for the distribution of temperature-sensitive Covid trial vaccinations and uses cloud-based supply chain management for tracking.

announcement
2024 Pharma Logistics Masterclass heads to Dallas Fort Worth, USA

After three successful editions in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the 4th Pharma Logistics Masterclass is set to take place in Dallas, Texas, from 29 September to 3 October 2024. For this edition, pharma.aero and the University of Antwerp team up with Dallas Fort Worth Airport, a member of the pharma.aero. The Pharma Logistics Masterclass is a unique international joint initiative focusing on the Life Sciences supply chain logistics. The 5-day event combines academic lectures, with industry use cases, workshops and industry-related site visits.   LEARN MORE   

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Road and Rail

many connections provide easy movement

Dallas-Fort Worth is the intersection of multiple major interstate highways, and rail lines. The region is also the intersection of multiple freight lines, with access to major railroad hubs within days (Houston = 1 day, Atlanta = 3 days, Chicago = 3+ days, Los Angeles = 4+ days).

Commute Time

Investments in the highway infrastructure over the last 25 years have kept congestion down compared to other high growth metros. The average commute time is 27.7 minutes. 

Light Rail

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), which includes light rail and bus service, enables easy access to key job centers in Dallas and its suburbs, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and Downtown Fort Worth via the Texas Railway Express.

 

Logistics Hub

Dallas–Fort Worth’s central U.S. location provides an advantageous distribution hub with quick access to rail, air, and short and long-haul truck transportation. The entire region functions as a global inland port capable of large-scale cargo
operations.

digital infrastructure

DFW is a Major Peering point, connecting the world

The concentration of fiber access and total bandwidth guarantees low latency and ensures redundancy for high-speed fiber connectivity. The Central Time Zone is effective for companies operating on both coasts and the likelihood of business disruption from inclement weather remains low as the region is geographically dormant.

  • Dallas-Fort Worth is home to data centers of all types and sizes that specialize in activities from internet hosting for multiple clients to large IT services for one company.
  • The Texas electric power grid, ERCOT, gives data center operators a competitive advantage due to its independence from electric grids in other states. This autonomy reduces the risk of rolling power outages,
    improves reliability, and reduces volatility in prices.
  • Industrial Power Rates for Dallas-Fort Worth range from $.069 cents/kWh to $.092 cents/kWh.
contact us

The Dallas Regional Chamber's economic development team works directly with companies, location consultants, and local and state allies to market the region and attract new and expanding corporations. We serve as a single point of contact for companies, site selection consultants, and corporate real estate executives examining the region.

Kelly Cloud

Vice President – Life Sciences
Dallas Regional Chamber
214.746.6749 
kcloud@dallaschamber.org

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BioNTX is the bioscience and healthcare innovation trade organization in North Texas, an affiliate of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization in Washington, DC. They are the bridge between businesses and job opportunities, providing direct cost savings services, networking events, and educational programming to the bioscience and healthcare innovation community in North Texas.