Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has achieved a major milestone of moving one million U.S. tons of cargo in calendar year 2021. This milestone is significant because of its impact on the local economy as well as being an indicator of growth for the Airport and the North Texas region.
This feat was driven by ongoing shifts in the global supply chain, including a modal shift from ocean to air freight. The Airport has also worked to streamline processes and gain efficiencies, avoiding the congestion seen at other major air cargo gateways. A key component in DFW’s strategy is to invest in systems that accelerate digitization of the cargo ecosystem, including the DFW Cargo Cloud. The DFW Cloud is an open-architecture digital data-sharing platform that allows cargo community members to seamlessly and securely exchange data, reduce paperwork and facilitate efficient transactions and handoffs between partners.
DFW is focused on future investments in air cargo facilities and infrastructure to meet growing demand stimulated by e-commerce, perishables, and pharmaceutical/ life sciences products. The addition of the DFW Cargo Cloud and the slot booking application to expedite drop-offs and pick-ups for truckers will facilitate continued growth for DFW Airport while minimizing congestion that results in costly delays. Later this year the Airport will begin construction of two new state-of-the-art air cargo buildings, with an additional eight category six aircraft parking positions, creating capacity for the fastest-growing cargo markets.
“This milestone along with strategic investments in our cargo business elevates DFW’s position as an innovative leader in air cargo and a key logistics hub in the global supply chain,” said John Ackerman, Executive Vice President of Global Strategies. “With the development of new airside cargo facilities and infrastructure, and with an ideal, mid-continent geographic location that allows our customers to reduce transit times and increase speed and efficiency, DFW is poised for future growth.”