Fort Worth Alliance Airport
|Fort Worth Alliance Airport|
FAA airport diagram
|IATA: AFW – ICAO: KAFW – FAA LID: AFW|
|Owner||City of Fort Worth|
|Serves||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Hub for||FedEx Express|
|Elevation AMSL||722 ft / 220 m|
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.
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.
The official groundbreaking ceremonies were held in July 1988, and the airport officially opened on December 14, 1989. 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).
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.
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
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). Currently Alliance Airport is in the process of a Runway extension to 11,000 feet.
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.
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 will be complete first quarter of 2018.
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:
- BNSF Railway (Alliance intermodal facility)
- Bell Helicopter Textron (customer acceptance center)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (aviation operations center)
- DynCorp International (main operations center)
- FedEx Express (southwest regional sorting hub; FedEx also operates from D/FW International's East Cargo facility)
- GDC Technics (aircraft modification company currently occupying the ex-American Airlines facility)
- Tarrant County College - Aviation Learning Center (2014) 
- FAA Airport Master Record for AFW ( PDF), effective 2007-12-20
- "Fort Worth Begins Construction of $25 Million Industrial Airport". The Journal Record (Dolan Media). 1988-06-17. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- "Fort Worth Alliance Airport". Retrieved 2007-06-03.
- "Hillwood begins multimillion-dollar expansion of AllianceTexas' crown jewel - Dallas Business Journal". Dallas Business Journal. https://plus.google.com/115058816124972466715/. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
- "Happy Anniversary Alliance". AOPA Pilot: 36. April 2015.
- Fort Worth Alliance Airport, official web site
- Alliance Air Services
- (PDF), effective November 12, 2015
- Resources for this airport: