Fact Sheet American's New Dallas-Forth Worth to Madrid Service

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Fact Sheet

American's New Dallas-Forth Worth to Madrid Service


On May 1, 2009, American Airlines expands its international network with the launch of direct service between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD).

With this flight, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport becomes the western-most U.S. airport with direct service to Madrid, making it a valuable connection point for anyone traveling from North Texas. Both cities are financial and cultural centers in their respective regions, and the new route will bolster their economies and contribute to the diversity of the cities.
Additionally, the service lays the groundwork for future network enhancements for the oneworld Alliance, as member airlines American, British Airways and Iberia Airlines anticipate approval for antitrust immunity from the Department of Transportation that will enable travelers to fly to more global destinations with better connections, improved flight schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.
Flight Times

  • The daily flight leaves DFW at 5:30 p.m. CDT and arrives in Madrid at 9:55 a.m. local time

  • The return flight leaves Madrid-Barajas International Airport at 1:10 p.m. local time, and arrives at DFW at 4:45 p.m. CDT

  • The flight time from DFW-Madrid flight is approximately 9 hours, 25 minutes

  • The flight time from Madrid-DFW is approximately 10 hours, 35 minutes

Service Details

  • The flight will be on American’s 225-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which offers Next Generation Business Class and economy class seating configuration

  • In Business Class, travelers will enjoy 30 of American’s Next Generation Business Class seats, equipped with lie-flat seatbacks, customizable seat settings and privacy dividers to provide more comfort and flexibility

  • The Texas Department of Transportation projects that the new route will bring more than $100 million to the North Texas economy and will likely benefit the Madrid community similarly

  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport projects that approximately 40,000 Spanish passengers per year will use the new Dallas-to-Madrid service to make DFW their gateway to the United States

  • The route will connect more than 65 major trading partners in Spain and Dallas-Fort Worth

  • The cargo capacity of the Boeing 767-300 will also be helpful in transporting goods between Madrid and Dallas-Fort Worth – both part of larger road transport networks


  • During the past year, Spanish travelers made up approximately 43 percent of all Spain-U.S. airline traffic

  • According to the Office of Travel & Tourism Industries, 650,000 visitors from Spain came to the United States in 2008, a 27.5 percent increase from 2007

  • Madrid has the second highest number of aligned trees of any city in the world

  • Madrid is home to 11 Fortune 500 companies, including Telefónica, Repsol-YPF, and Banco Santander

  • According to the World Tourism Organization, Spain is the second most visited country in Europe, behind France

Madrid-Barajas (MAD) Airport

  • Madrid-Barajas Airport is the largest airport in Spain and is the 10th busiest airport in the world, with a recent expansion, including the construction of Terminal 4 in early 2006, which has yielded a steady increase in passenger throughput

  • Madrid-Barajas processes more than 50 million passengers a year

  • The airport links directly to the Madrid Metro, which has undergone recent expansion, making it Western Europe’s second largest metro system. From the Madrid Metro, travelers can get to the Atocha railway station, which houses the Alta Velocidad España (AVE), Spain’s high-speed rail network

  • Madrid-Barajas is the fourth largest passenger enplanement airport in Europe – displacing Amsterdam and trailing Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt

  • Madrid-Barajas is the major hub for Iberia Airlines, American’s oneworld partner with more than 200 departures per day out of the airport to nearly 80 destinations

Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the western-most U.S. location with a direct route to Madrid

  • Madrid will be the 34th international destination served by American and American Eagle from its Dallas-Fort Worth hub, depending on the season

  • With American’s oneworld Alliance partners, the service will provide convenient travel to 87 destinations served nonstop beyond Madrid into Europe, Africa and Asia

  • Spain is the DFW area’s 30th largest trading partner, with $218 million in annual trade, according to DFW International Airport

  • DFW International Airport, with its 171 destinations around the world, generates an economic impact of more than $16 billion annually, and supports more than 300,000 jobs and $7 billion in payroll

  • According to Airports Council International, DFW airport was the third busiest airport in the world in 2008

  • Dallas is home to 23 Fortune 500 companies and home to 12 of the world’s billionaires


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