Officials at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) and the Shanghai Airport Authority have signed a Memorandum of Understanding making the two Friendship Airports.
This relationship will allow the airports to work together on key business and operation projects, including promoting direct air links between the two and exchanging ideas on myriad topics, such as protecting the environment and airport security.
“China is one of the fastest-growing areas of increased trade with Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth and we are pleased to work closely with our colleagues in Shanghai to strengthen business and economic ties that will produce more opportunities for passenger service and cargo service in the years ahead,” said Jeff Fegan, chief executive officer of DFW, from Shanghai. “We believe this will also boost global awareness of both of our great airports. There is also much we can learn from each other on making our airports even more efficient, environmentally friendly and passenger-focused. The SAA is an incredibly well-managed operation and we look forward to working with its team on a variety of travel initiatives that will benefit our customers.”
The announcement was made last week in Shanghai. Both airports are international leaders, with similar annual passenger traffic: about 60 million.
“Like Shanghai, Dallas/Fort Worth is a major business center that provides trade and tourism opportunities beneficial to its local communities,” says Wu Nianzu, chairman of the Shanghai Airport Authority. “Both of our airports are international gateways to these opportunities, and we view our cooperation with DFW International Airport as a new tie to facilitate international business between China and Texas. We believe both of us have much operational experience and technical expertise to share, and I look forward to working together with DFW Airport.”