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 722 ft / 220 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
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16L/34R 9,600 2,926 Concrete
16R/34L 8,220 2,505 Concrete
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 137,607
Based aircraft 46

Fort Worth Alliance Airport (IATA: AFWICAO: KAFWFAA 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 a maintenance hub for Fedex Express aircraft, and can serve as an auxiliary cargo-handling destination relieving FedEx's primary Dallas-area hub at DFW International Airport. 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 x 46 m) and 16R/34L measuring 8,220 x 150 ft (2,505 x 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 June 30, 2008, the airport had 100,031 aircraft operations, an average of 274 per day: 73% general aviation, 8% scheduled commercial, 14% military and 6% air taxi. At that time there were 155 aircraft based at this airport: 35% single-engine, 17% multi-engine, 16% jet and 31% helicopter.[1]

Major tenants[edit]

American Airlines closed its maintenance base in December 2012 during Chapter 11. 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. ^
  5. ^ "Happy Anniversary Alliance". AOPA Pilot: 36. April 2015. 

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