Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is beginning a comprehensive redevelopment of its 19th Street Cargo facility.

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

The 19th Street Cargo Redevelopment Project is slated for completion in late 2024 and will add approximately 350,000sq ft of new warehouse space and seven ADG VI (large cargo aircraft) parking positions. DFW will take an end-to-end leadership role throughout the life of the project, enabling the airport to curate tenants that align with its long-term strategy and vision.


Innovative tenants
Following a 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.”

“This new cargo opportunity will allow us to showcase our investment in innovation and make the new DFW cargo facility one of the most technologically advanced in North America,” said Robert Fordree, executive vice president of cargo, Menzies Aviation.

David Barker, dnata’s regional CEO Americas, said: “dnata continues to invest in cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technologies and digitisation, to further enhance efficiencies across our operations. This includes the use of autonomous drones in our existing warehouses at DFW. Our long-term commitment to sustainable operations, including the construction of new, LEED-certified buildings, also aligns with DFW’s plans for the 19th Street Cargo redevelopment. We look forward to working closely with DFW to ensure the project’s long-term success.”

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