The history of the airport and what they're doing to ensure a safe traveling experience.
Posted on Oct 14, 2020 By Ashley Turner
While the pandemic has affected many industries, travel and tourism has been hit particularly hard. Airlines have had to make significant changes and some tough decisions. You may not be ready to board a plane quite yet, and we understand. On the anniversary of Dallas Love Field Airport, we're spotlighting the airport's impactful history and how they're implementing the best safety protocols for your future flight.
History of Dallas Love Field:
The history of Dallas Love Field dates back to Oct. 17, 1917. The airport was originally built and commissioned as a training base for the U.S. Army Air Service during World War I. It continued to serve as a military base for a decade before it was purchased by the City of Dallas who made it available for civilian use. It was the first major airport in Dallas until Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was built in 1974 which created challenges for Love Field, as the airport started experiencing a decline in revenue. However, with the founding of Southwest Airlines, Love Field began to see a resurgence! It's now the 31st busiest airport in the U.S. and surpassed eight million enplaned passengers for the first time in 2018.
How the airport is keeping travelers safe:
When you're ready to travel again, the airport has implemented several health and safety protocols throughout your airport experience. From the time you enter the building, you'll find hand sanitizer stations, plexiglass barriers, social distancing markers, and face coverings. Read about all the airport is doing to keep you safe here.
What not to miss at the airport:
Before you take off for flight, don't miss the airport's stunning artwork and variety of dining options.
Love Field's Art Program has a variety of artwork that celebrate the history and legacy of the airport. Fun fact: nearly half of the art was created by artists who live and work in Dallas! The permanent collection includes 22 pieces both inside and outside of the airport.
While you're waiting to board your flight, be sure to check out the numerous dining spots Love Field has to offer! Dallas-based Cantina Laredo is your go-to for Tex-Mex and Campisi's for a classic taste of Italy. See the full list of open restaurants here.