FORT WORTH, Texas (December 15, 2022) – H. Ross Perot, Sr. believed that one day Fort Worth Alliance Airport would be a global hub for the jobs of tomorrow, and now the 33-year-old airport will bear his name forever. Hillwood, the City of Fort Worth and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially recognized the airport’s name change to Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport during a special dedication ceremony on Thursday, with distinguished guests, dignitaries, elected officials and community leaders who were instrumental in its development on hand to mark the occasion. The airport opened on December 14, 1989 and was the first airport in the world designated specifically for industrial use. The event also provided the first opportunity for media and members of the community to tour the newly expanded, state-of-art FBO facility.
Guests included the Honorable Mattie Parker, Mayor, City of Fort Worth; T. Allan McArtor, Former Federal Aviation Administration Administrator (FAA); Ignacio Flores, FAA Director of Airports – Southwest Region; Ross Perot, Jr., Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group; and Mike Berry, President of Hillwood. The event concluded as plans were unveiled for Perot Plaza, a memorial plaza honoring Mr. Perot, Sr. on the west side of the air traffic control tower, complementing Bob Bolen Plaza and the Honor Guard installation.
“My dad wholeheartedly believed Fort Worth Alliance Airport would be the centerpiece of an unprecedented jobs corridor in Texas,” said Ross Perot Jr., chairman of The Perot Group and Hillwood. “Investing in the northwest corner of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex mattered to him, and he immediately saw its potential. The airport became the catalyst for one of the great Texas business stories of our day, and we’re only halfway through. Development at AllianceTexas will continue on for at least another generation, which will help to ensure a future for our children and hopefully their children, too.”
Born out of a collaboration between Hillwood, the City of Fort Worth and the FAA, Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW) features a vast array of flight services including air cargo, corporate and government aviation, and is the cornerstone of one of the nation’s most successful private-public partnerships, the 27,000-acre AllianceTexas development.
Since the opening in 1989, AFW has served as a premier destination for aviation and global logistics leaders at AllianceTexas. The development has contributed to more than $100 billion in cumulative economic impact to the region since its inception.
“AllianceTexas, anchored by the world’s first industrial airport, has proven to be a modern-day, Texas-sized success story, encapsulating the pioneering and can-do spirit so often associated with the state,” Mayor Parker said. “The development has contributed to more than $100 billion in cumulative economic impact to the region since its inception, as well as more than $3.1 billion in paid property taxes, including $621.5 million to Fort Worth alone. Fort Worth will remain a full-fledged partner with Alliance Airport and AllianceTexas, just as it has been since Day 1 with former mayors Bob Bolen and Kay Granger.”
After the program, guests toured the luxurious new, state-of-the-art FBO. The facility at 13901 Aviator Way is a continuation of Alliance Aviation Services’ three-decade legacy of providing best-in-class and award-winning support services to general and corporate aviation as well as military and air cargo operations.
Designed by Corgan Architects and Amaze Design, the FBO space encompasses more than 20,000 square feet of highly amenitized lounges and meeting facilities along with an additional 68,000 square feet of attached hangar space. Alliance Aviation Services now has six hangars totaling approximately 200,000 square feet to support the growing fleet of based aircraft. Expanding upon the current FBO full-service offerings, the new space will allow for additional, first-class accommodations for flight crews, as well as more flexible, spacious lounges for pilots and passengers. Outdoor seating with ramp views has been integrated into the landscape as well.
About Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport
Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW) is the world’s first industrial airport designed for cargo and corporate aviation traffic. AFW features a vast array of flight services, including air cargo, corporate, private, and military aviation, and is the cornerstone for the nation’s fastest-growing industrial complex and the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone. Owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by privately held Alliance Air Services, AFW provides state-of-the-art infrastructure and an award-winning FAA air traffic control tower. The attached FBO has been ranked among the finest in the U.S. by industry publications and fuel service providers. For more information, please visit www.allianceairport.com.
AllianceTexas is an unparalleled regional success story that has transformed the North Texas economy and connected the area to global industry. Consisting of 27,000 acres, the Hillwood development is anchored by the world’s first dedicated industrial airport, Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW), and hosts one of the nation’s premier intermodal hubs. Today, AllianceTexas is home to 559 companies that have created more than 63,000 direct jobs and has approximately 53 million square feet of developed commercial real estate assets. The development’s cumulative impact since 1989 is an estimated $100.6 billion for the North Texas region. AllianceTexas boasts corporate headquarters, healthcare providers, higher education centers, shopping and entertainment destinations, and vibrant residential communities. From the newest homeowner to the most well-known of Fortune 500 companies, opportunity thrives at AllianceTexas. For additional information, please visit www.alliancetexas.com.