Airports / Flights, Dallas
Guarenteed not to disappoint you, DFW lives up to its name as one of the largest airports in the world. Because of its Central location in the US, its relatively warm weather, and the wide open spaces known as the Texas plain, DFW seems to be an ideal location to link your travel needs.
I will definitely recommend a couple things.
#1 If you are flying out of American anytime when business travelers are likely flying, prepare to wait in line.
#2 If you think you can make it to your connecting gate within 15 minutes, think again.
#3 If you are any further away from your next gate than 10 gates away...use the train. You will not make your flight if you try to walk from one end of the airport to the other.
#4 Don't waste your time asking for an upgrade. There are so many 100K miles a year guys like me that you do not have a huge chance.
On my recent trip to Egypt, I first had to fly from DFW to New York. I've flown out of DFW airport many times and usually park. The cheapest parking is to park & ride just outside the airport for $5/day. However this time, I was lucky to be able to get my friend, Angela, to drop me off! :) So, find a friend to drop you off! If not, go for the $5/day parking. Once you park, you just hop on a bus and it takes you right to your terminal. No need to pay a higher price for the closer parking!
Dallas Fort Worth airport is a very big airport and it is said to be the 3rd busiest in the US. It covers more than 29.8 square miles; real property consists of 18,076 acres (7,318 hectares) which is the 2nd largest airport land mass in the US.. It is a hub for American Airlines. It is in what they call the Metroplex which consists of 126 communities in addition to Dallas and Fort Worth.
The Airport is operated and managed by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board. The Board is comprised of seven members from the City of Dallas, four from the City of Fort Worth, and one non-voting position occupied by - on an annual, rotating basis - each of the Airport’s neighboring cities of Irving, Grapevine, Euless and Coppell.
When I visited in 1997, we flew in on Continental via Detroit or Cleveland, and then flew back via Houston. This time - 2004, we flew on a pass from BWI first class which was definitely MUCH better.
The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has become a must do on each trip to DFW. We really enjoy the caramel apples and the assortment of chocolate is just amazing. So if you’re in the area and have time to run over to terminal D I highly recommend you come by and get your picture taken with the bear who loves chocolate.
Also appearing in terminal D is the most horrific Fuddrucker's on the planet. Seriously folks, the company should pull the name off of this its that bad.
So you get good and you get bad here in terminal D, DFW
As we were leaving the Reunion Tower parking lot, we saw a helicopter landing nearby.
I found that the Heliport is one of the great advantages of the Metraplex. Dallas thinks of itself as a city on the leading edge of intramodal transportation, but if there is one advantage that sets it apart from other large municipalities, it’s the Dallas Heliport/Vertiport. There are two helicopter manufacturers in the area (Bell Textron and Eurocopter).
I do not know if we saw a landing at the Dallas Heliport which is located atop the southwest corner of the Dallas Convention Center - I would not have thought we were that close to the DCC.
You can get Helicopter tours of the area.
The shortest tour is the 30 Minute Red Tour
$225 Garland Heliport, past White Rock Lake, Fair Park (Cotton Bowl), Deep Ellum, Downtown Dallas, Am. Airlines Center, Texas Stadium, Love Field, Park Cities, Back to Heliport
We flew into Dallas via Toronto on Air Canada, about a 3-hour flight. The ground attendants were very helpful and we also had a great breakfast at the Vintage Texas cafe when we were flying out again (it was a pleasant change from Egg McMuffins).
By Air : Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located in the centre of the Metroplex, midway between the twin cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. It is the 2nd busiest airport in the world.
Dallas Love Field Airport is serviced by Southwest, American, Legend, Atlantic Southeast and Continental Airlines and is located within the city limits just minutes away from Downtown Dallas.
By Coach : There are 4 interstate highways and many US and State Highways which lead into Dallas.
By Rail : Amtrak trains connect Dallas with Chicago, San Antonio and then from there to New Orleans, L.A. and Florida. Union Station is within close proximity to downtown hotels and the West End. There is a pedestrian tunnel to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Reunion Tower and Arena. The Light Rail line also connects at Union Station.
DFW is a huge airport! Once you've grabbed your bags, if you are renting a car, go downstairs where a huge white shuttle bus will grab everybody who needs to ge their rental car. There is no individual shuttles for Hertz, Budget, Avis, etc. There is also a digital clock that tells you how soon the next shuttle bus will come. Once on the bus it's about a 10 drive so leave some time when you return your car. Also, if you are flying American Airlines double check the DFW terminal at the car rental desk. There's a good chance that the outbound flight might be at a different terminal than the inbound flight since American Airlines uses multiple terminals. The different terminals are quite far from each other.
Dallas has two airports: Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Love Field. Both are good airports offering a lot of choices in flights. American Airlines dominates DFW, while Southwest Airlines has the corner on Love Field.
Unfortunately, there are no efficient forms of public transportation in Dallas...YOU MUST HAVE A CAR TO GET AROUND THE METROPLEX.
The Dallas/Fort Worth airport is American Airline's hub city with hundreds of flights departing this airport to most places AA flys to. American Airlines is always my choice of airline when I fly and I will usually fly into DFW as an onward connection.
The airport is one of the nicest and easiest airports to navigate and connecting between all 5 terminals is easy with the Skylink. There are huge monitors through out the airport with gate information and because there are constant gate change, you should definitely check it before you head to your gate. The airport has a large amount of shops and places to eat and two on site hotels, the Grand Hyatt DFW and the Hyatt Regency DFW.
I fly into DFW whenever I want a connecting flight to either Europe, San Fancisco, South America, Pheonix or Portland because flying through this airport allows me to maximize my miles. I also like the added bonus of having 4 Admirals Clubs to choose from while I am waiting for my next flight.
If you arrive into DFW as your first point of entry into the US, you will have to clear customs which is quite easy and fast.
Check out the website below for information about DFW, parking, places to eat and shop, which terminal you are arriving or departing from.
The Dallas/Fort Worth aiport is huge! I was amazed by the
number of runways and how 4 planes can land or take off at once.
The highways in the Dallas area are very good and it's easy to find your way around.
Since it's opening in the 1970's, DFW has been the economic engine which has provided growth to North Texas. This is the third busiest airport in the world (larger in physical size than the island of Manhattan in NYC), so that should tell you that this place is huge.
Dallas has two major airports: DFW International Airport and Love Field.
DFW Airport is the 3rd busiest airport in the world. It can be found inbetween Dallas and Fort Worth. To travel from the airport to downtown or vice-versa, the Trinity Railway Express makes the run - ticket for single ride costs $1.
**Love Field isn't as big as DFW and is dominated by Southwest Airlines; it's actually in Dallas.
Info about transportation from the airport and between the two airports can be found on the website.
Dallas-Forth Worth airport is one of the busiest in the world. Twenty years ago you could have caught a Braniff 747 from London or Paris, but the airline - like so many others in the deregulating 1980s - ran into hard times, and your chance to fly the 'Big Orange' has long since gone. American is now the big carrier at its home base of DFW. And the airline has one of the neatest URLs on the web: www.aa.com.
I know about getting to DFW - the plane lands there. I am not sure about getting to Dallas, since I have never been out of the airport, but I am sure that cannot be too tough. There are six half rings with domestic flights concentrated on the east side and international flights - and many American Eagle shorter domestic flights - centered on the west side - terminal D. This is where VIP lounges are and the immigration area for when you enter the US. American has lots of flights to Latin America and immigration just goes slower with these flights. For some reason it simply seems to go faster in Houston.