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DFW unveils new economic impact report and gains first patent for its interactive technology

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) delivers more than $37 billion dollars in annual economic impact for the North Texas region, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by the Perryman Group, also said DFW supports 228,000 jobs in the area with an associated payroll of $12.5 billion annually, a significant increase over the figures calculated in a study two years ago.

“Our economic impact can't be measured alone in jobs, it must also be measured in the economic impact it has on so many other businesses in our area including the success and growth of small, minority and women-owned businesses," said DFW’s CEO, CEO Sean Donohue.

“At DFW we are proud that we have played a part in helping the Dallas/Fort Worth area grow to one that is now home to 21 Fortune 500 companies, including American Airlines."

With regards to expansion, Donohue pledged DFW would continue to aggressively market itself globally to bring new airline service from major international destinations and position DFW and the region on the international stage.

The airport has already succeeded in attracting airline service to 57 international destinations, with 17 of those arriving in just the past five years, according to Donohue.

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"To build the airport of the future, we must start to think strategically how and where to expand our operations," he said.

“We already know that much of our future growth will come from international travel.”

Donohue said the new DFW brand unveiled two weeks ago will serve as a central component in communicating DFW's story to the world more frequently and more richly. 

Over the last five years it has conducted about a dozen air service development missions to promote new air service and support existing service to places including China, South America, the Middle East and Australia.

"Working together, we can build on our success, we can continue to expand the North Texas economy, achieve new goals and reach new heights around the country and around the world," added Donohue.

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Donohue also revealed that that DFW has become the first U.S. airport to achieve Level Three certification under ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme and that the United States Patent Office has issued the gateway with its first ever patent for the development of "interactive information display" technology.

The technology, said Donohue, allows customers to use touch screens to find their way to restaurants, shops and services in the terminals.

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