Fort Worth Alliance Airport

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Fort Worth Alliance Airport
AFW - FAA airport diagram.png
FAA airport diagram
Airport type Public
Owner City of Fort Worth
Serves Fort Worth, Texas
Hub for FedEx Express
Elevation AMSL 723 ft / 220.4 m
Coordinates 32°59′16″N 097°19′08″W / 32.98778°N 97.31889°W / 32.98778; -97.31889Coordinates: 32°59′16″N 097°19′08″W / 32.98778°N 97.31889°W / 32.98778; -97.31889
AFW is located in Texas
Location of airport in Texas / United States
AFW is located in the US
AFW (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16L/34R 9,600 2,926 Concrete
16R/34L 11,010 3,356 Concrete
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 137,607
Based aircraft 46

Fort Worth Alliance Airport (IATA: AFW, ICAO: KAFW, FAA LID: AFW) is a city-owned public-use airport located 14 miles (23 km) north of the central business district of Fort Worth, city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States.[1]

Billed as the world's first purely industrial airport, it was developed in a joint venture between the City of Fort Worth, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Hillwood Development Company, a real estate development company owned by Ross Perot, Jr.[2]

The official groundbreaking ceremonies were held in July 1988, and the airport officially opened on December 14, 1989.[3] The airport is owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by Alliance Air Services, a subsidiary of Hillwood Development, and is the second largest airport facility in North Texas, behind only Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).[2]

Besides general aviation services, the airport serves as the southwest regional hub for FedEx Express. It formerly served as a maintenance hub for DFW-based American Airlines, until the bankruptcy filing and subsequent restructuring of its parent AMR Corporation.

Alliance filled in for Los Angeles International Airport during the filming of the short-lived 2004 TV drama LAX.

By the 1990s, the annual passenger air traffic at DFW International Airport had exceeded the airport's capacity, and a solution was proposed to repeal the Wright Amendment and open Alliance Airport to passenger service, effectively providing DFW with two reliever airports (the other being Dallas Love Field). But DFW opposed the solution and no passenger service was introduced at Alliance Airport.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The control tower at Alliance.

Fort Worth Alliance Airport covers an area of 1,198 acres (485 ha) which contains two concrete paved runways: 16L/34R measuring 9,600 x 150 ft (2,926 × 46 m) and 16R/34L measuring 11,010 × 150 ft (3,356 × 46 m).[1] Currently Alliance Airport is in the process of a runway extension to 11,000 feet.[4]

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2012, the airport had 133,607 aircraft operations, an average of 377 per day: 76% general aviation, 6% air carrier, 14% military and 3% air taxi. At that time there were 28 aircraft based at this airport: 11% single-engine, 25% multi-engine, 32% jet and 32% helicopter.[1]

In October 2015, Alliance announced plans to extend both runways and the taxiway to 11,000 ft. The expansion has been in design since 2000 and is scheduled to be complete first quarter of 2018.[5]

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Atlanta, Austin, Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Kansas City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Ontario, Portland (OR), San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Major tenants[edit]

American Airlines was previously the largest tenant at the airport, operating a major maintenance base which closed in December 2012 as part of AMR's Chapter 11 reorganization. Current major tenants include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for AFW (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ a b "Fort Worth Begins Construction of $25 Million Industrial Airport". The Journal Record. Dolan Media. 1988-06-17. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Fort Worth Alliance Airport". Retrieved 2007-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  5. ^ "Hillwood begins multimillion-dollar expansion of AllianceTexas' crown jewel – Dallas Business Journal". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Happy Anniversary Alliance". AOPA Pilot: 36. April 2015. 

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