Oct. 19, 2017 will mark Dallas Love Field’s 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone the airport is partnering with the preserver of Love Field’s aviation history, the Frontiers of Flight Museum, to host a yearlong celebration filled with activities, exhibits and events starting in fall 2016. Love Field invites the community, tenants, customers, media, partners and staff to join in the excitement of reminiscing on its storied past and looking forward to its continued evolution. Click here to learn more about the planned events.
Named after Lt. Moss Love, Dallas Love Field was established on Oct. 19, 1917 as an Army flight-training base. Airmail service in the state of Texas began at Love Field in 1926, followed by scheduled passenger service in 1927. The airport became a large Air Transport Command base during World War II, and the resulting expansion in infrastructure served Love Field well during the postwar boom in commercial aviation. As major airlines moved operations to the new DFW Regional (now International) Airport in 1974, the airport’s once-busy lobby was converted into the Love Field Experience, which included an ice-skating rink, as well as other attractions. The newly formed Southwest Airlines continued to operate and grow at Love Field (along with some smaller carriers), although restrictions were imposed by the Wright Amendment. As airline traffic increased, the Love Field Experience was closed in 1978.
On Oct. 13, 2014, the Wright Amendment restrictions were lifted and Love Field now handles almost 200 daily flights for over 30,000 passengers. Through the Love Field Modernization Program, the airport now boasts a rebuilt terminal with 20 aircraft gates and new ramp areas. The Love Field Art Program includes almost 20 permanent works, rotating exhibits and a venue for performing arts.