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DFW Airport takes another step forward toward the future of air cargo

The view is different when you drive along West Airfield Drive at 19th Street and look towards the east. The wide, open space you’re growing accustomed to seeing these days is being prepared for the future of air cargo operations at DFW. We have already begun a comprehensive redevelopment of the Airport’s 19th Street Cargo area and have taken the next step with the issuance of a formal Design-Build RFP.

The 19th Street cargo redevelopment project will enhance DFW’s ability to process international e-commerce and increase overall cargo capacity. Furthermore, the project will continue DFW’s growth in cargo operations and deploy state-of-the-art technology that addresses labor shortages, airport congestion, and sustainability while increasing safety, efficiency, and security across the cargo ecosystem.

Following an exhaustive search for forward-looking tenants that value innovation, automation, and other emerging technologies, Menzies Aviation and dnata USA have been tentatively selected to operate new cargo warehouses that will be located at the 19th Street Cargo area. These operators, which are subject to final approval by the DFW Board of Directors, will join a future design-build contractor to create and operate this industry-leading facility.

“We selected these tenants for their commitment to excellence in cargo handling and their long-term business strategy, which supports our business priorities in developing DFW as a transit hub in the global supply chain connecting Asia and Latin America,” said John Ackerman, DFW’s Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Development. “This will also support our goal of being a hub for the fastest growing markets, including pharma and other perishables, as well as cross-border e-commerce.”

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