DALLAS/FT. WORTH, TX – Following this week’s announcement of six new routes to Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport, MetroAir Virtual Airlines has announced a partnership with DFW Airport to help renovate and become a managing tenant of Terminal E. DFW’s Terminal E has 35 gates and is home to United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Spirit Airlines, as well as hosting the few daily flights from JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines.
MetroAir Virtual Airlines has agreed to help fund the renovations in Terminal E in exchange for exclusive use of 10 gates, as well as partial access to the remaining gates in Terminal E, excluding the Terminal E Satellite concourse, and facilities to build an airline club above the departures level. MetroAir currently utilizes 3 gates, E18, E20, and E21, in Terminal E.
“We’re excited to move forward with DFW Airport to turn Terminal E into a world class travel experience,” said Chief Media Officer Anders Young, “This is an incredible opportunity for our airline to take a hold of one of the largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. We believe Texas has significant potential, and extensive service already in the region does not detract from this potential.”
Last year, MetroAir experimented with significant added service to Austin, Texas, but recently cancelled flights to 9 markets from Texas’ capital city, citing fragmented market share and the inability to acquire enough gate space to operate all of their scheduled flights efficiently.
Chief Operating Officer William Hogarth did not allude to how much of the increase in DFW is being boosted by codeshare traffic and did not rule out MetroAir potentially operating a DFW-London flight on MetroAir metal.