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Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Expected Record-Breaking Summer Travel Season at DFW Airport

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) expects to welcome a record number of summer travelers this year, led by the busiest Memorial Day weekend since 2019.

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff to the busy summer travel season, is expected to bring an average of 216,000 passengers each day through DFW. A total of 1.1 million travelers are expected to use the airport during the five-day holiday travel period – from Friday, May 26 through Tuesday, May 30 – an increase of 1.7 percent from the same time in 2019. The peak travel day of the holiday weekend will be Friday, with an estimated 235,000 passengers.

“With more than 22.3 million passengers expected to pass through DFW Airport this summer season, we are encouraging all our guests to plan ahead in order to have a seamless and enjoyable travel experience,” said Ken Buchanan, Executive Vice President of Revenue Management and Customer Experience. “By offering the latest technology for our customers, travelers can easily pre-book their parking, check security wait times and order food for pickup or delivery to the gate – all from their phone.”

The total number of travelers expected at DFW this summer is projected to increase more than 7 percent compared with 2019. Customers should be prepared to arrive early to DFW – at least two hours prior to departure. Parking garages and lots are expected to be very busy, with Terminals C and D typically the quickest to fill up. Real-time parking garage availability can be seen on our website at To ensure a spot, travelers can book their parking in advance online at, with the best rates for Express and Remote lots available by booking in advance.

For customers flying via American Airlines, if parking is full at a departure terminal, customers can park, check in, and check baggage at any of DFW’s five terminals. Once checked in, customers can use Skylink to connect easily to any terminal within minutes. Express and Remote parking also is available with shuttle service to all terminals. As always, customers should check with their airline for the most up-to-date flight information. For additional tips, visit our travel tips page at

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