Catalyst! The Role of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in the North Central Texas Regional Economy

For more than 40 years, DFW Airport has been providing air passenger and cargo service to the vibrant economies of Dallas, Fort Worth, and the other cities in the North Central Texas Region. In addition to this essential role, the Airport is also an important source of jobs and economic activity for the area and beyond.

The DFW Airport serves as a substantial source of business activity for the North Central Texas Region and beyond.


The Perryman Group estimates that current DFW Airport operations and related activities generate 228,000 jobs and $37.0 billion in annual total expenditures in the North Central Texas Region when multiplier effects are considered. Construction projects lead to billions of dollars in additional gains, and developing available land at DFW has the potential to further increase benefits.

The Perryman Group examined not only current effects, but also potential future economic and fiscal impacts of DFW Airport and associated facilities. In addition, the likely effects on local taxing entities were estimated. The full report is available as a PDF download below.