Arlington Airport Sees Huge Increase in GA Game Day Air Traffic

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Nov 2, 2009  |  Updated 10:54 AM CDT
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When the Dallas Cowboys crushed the Seahawks 38-17 Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, several stats went up ... but not all were from the play on the field. The number of takeoffs and landings at Arlington Municipal Airport are also way up on game days.

Airport officials said there is an average of 50 to 80 planes arriving at the airport when the Cowboys play at home, compared to the normal number of 10-15 per day.

As a result of the increased traffic, the airport is planning a two-story, 11,000-square-foot expansion that is expected to cost about $4.5 million. 

The new terminal, which should be completed in time for the 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington, will feature a large community room, lobby and expensive office space that will be available for lease.

The airport already has a maintenance hanger, tie-downs for 140 aircraft and 96 aircraft hangers.

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