Dallas Love Field
Dallas Love Field manages as many as 675 aircraft operations every day and about 250,000 per year. This includes a small number of military maneuvers, about 25 percent air taxi, about 40 percent general aviation and some 35 to 37 percent scheduled commercial flights. Three runways easily accommodate all of these flight maneuvers. Nearly 8 million passengers utilize the airport for commercial and general aviation flights every year.
Terminal 1 includes commercial passenger gates 29, 30, 31, and 32. Terminal 2 includes passenger gates 1 through 15. The two terminals are not connected, and ticketing, arrivals and baggage claim are exclusive to the airlines housed in those terminals. Due to the airport’s relatively small size, there are only a few shops and eateries. Elevators are located between the lobby and baggage claim. An ATM is located in the main lobby. Baggage cart rentals are across from the ticket counters and in the baggage claim area. Hearing impaired telephones (TTY) are located in the baggage claim area. Two parking garages offer 7,500 spaces including several electric car charging stations. Parking garage A is for short-term parking and also serves Terminal 2. Parking garage B is for long-term parking and also serves Terminal 1. There are pedestrian bridges between each garage and corresponding terminal.
History of Love Field
Of the three runways, two were built in 1943, and the third was built in 1965. At that time, Love Field was a major airport. In 1973, the year before Dallas-Fort Worth Airport opened, Love Field had 70 gates and more than six million passengers. As had been anticipated, this ended fairly quickly in 1974 when DFW Airport opened. Dallas and Fort Worth wanted the new airport to succeed and had agreed that DFW airport airlines would be prohibited from offering flights out of Love Field. After the 1978 deregulation of the airlines, some newer airlines created a good business at Love Field, but there were many opponents, and a federal law was passed to support DFW Airport. This was finally overturned a few years ago, but the effects of the law have continued to keep this airport from being a true competitor with DFW.
Dallas Love Field is more than 100 years old and has been named a Texas State Historic Site. It is one of the oldest continuing airfields in the country. The Army opened a flying field in 1917 just before World War I. The field was named Love Field to mark the tragic death of First Lieutenant Moss Lee Love who had died in a San Diego crash in 1913. Pilots were trained on biplanes, and crashes remained common, although they were not always fatal. The new military aviators would help the United States win World War I. In 1927, Love Field became a civilian field owned by the city of Dallas. National Air Transport, which later become United Airlines, was the first commercial air carrier. During World War II, the airport was used by the Army Air Forces for training purposes. To learn more about air travel through the years, visitors can stop at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, which is housed on the airport grounds.
In addition to its long history, Love Field is notable as the airport where Air Force One landed on November 22, 1963. Sadly, President John Kennedy was killed that day in Dallas. Before the plane took off again, it was the site of Vice President Johnson’s hurried swearing-in ceremony. This gives Love Field a unique place in American history.