Discover Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL): Your Ultimate Traveler's Guide

December 22, 2021


Dallas-Love Field International Airport (DAL) is a city-owned public airport 6 miles northwest of downtown Dallas. The airport was named after Moss L. Love, a member of the U.S. Army’s 11th Cavalry. In 2019, over 16,780,000 passengers traveled through DAL.

Modernization of Love Field's terminals was announced in early 2009. The $519 million master plan replaced the existing terminal buildings with a single new 20-gate concourse.

Southwest Airlines maintains their corporate headquarters and an operating base at Love Field. They are the biggest airline to operate at DAL, but travelers can also fly Delta Air Lines, JSX, Alaska Airlines, and Taos Air.

From a fresh cup of joe to a full dinner, DAL has a variety of dining options for travelers. Find a full list of options here

 The Lil’ Luv Lounge is an area for kids to be kids, and for parents to unwind while they wait to board their flight. The lounge is located next to the Creative Kidstuff store. 

 A nursing room for mothers is located next to the Sky Canyon Grill in Terminal 2.
 DAL also has complimentary WiFi available across the entire airport. Nearly all of the seating at the airport has power charging options.

Parking near DAL  with The Parking Spot helps travelers find the best, most convenient and most cost-effective parking option so their car-to-air transfer is as seamless as possible. On average, parking with The Parking Spot is approximately 40% less expensive than parking at the airport. 

  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or
  • 24/7 on-call shuttle service
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Short and long-term parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app
  • Covered/Uncovered parking options

 Whether you are planning in advance or experiencing unexpected overnight delays, it’s easy to find a place to lay your head near DAL. Check out these nearby hotel options:

Dallas World Aquarium (1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202) - With accreditations from the Association of Zoos and World Association of Zoos, the Dallas World Aquarium is a must see location for anyone visiting the city. (6.0 miles from DAL) 
Reunion Tower (8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218) - Nature lovers will enjoy the views in this beautifully curated outdoor garden, located on the shores of the White Rock Lake on 66 acres of lush greenery. (15.7 miles from DAL) 
Dallas Zoo (650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203) - Home to over 200 animals and multiple exhibits, the zoo is a great place for kids of all ages! (10.8 miles from DAL) 
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202) - With accreditations from the Association of Zoos and World Association of Zoos, the Dallas World Aquarium is a must see location for anyone visiting the city. (6.0 miles from DAL) 


Q. Does Dallas Love Field only offer service with Southwest Airlines?

A. While Southwest Airlines occupies over 95 percent of the gates at DAL, Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, JSX, and Taos Air flights are also available.

Q. Is smoking allowed at Love Field?

A. Smoking is not allowed indoors, but there are areas located outside Love Field’s terminal that are designated for smoking.

Q. Does DAL have a USO?

A. Unfortunately, Love Field does not have a USO lounge.

Q. Who is the owner of DAL?

A. DAL is owned by the city of Dallas but operated by the Dallas Department of Aviation.

Q. Does Love Field have international flights?

A. Love Field does not offer service to departing or arriving international flights.

Q. How many total passengers fly through DAL?

A. By 2019, over 16 million passengers chose Love Field as their airport of choice.

Q. What airline hub is in Dallas?

A. Southwest Airlines is hubbed out of DAL.

Q. Are pets allowed to fly at Dallas Love FIeld?

A. Pets are allowed to fly from DAL, but all except service animals must remain in their crates. There is a pet relief area post security and two pet relief areas outside the terminal.

Q. Is there a kid-friendly area at Dallas Love Field?

A. Kids can play in the Lil’ Luv Lounge, located in the Stem area of the concourse.

Q. Is vaping allowed at Dallas Love Field?

A. Vaping is not allowed inside of DAL, but there are designated smoking areas outside of the terminal.

Q. How many runways does Love Field have?

A. Love Field has two runways for flight takeoff and touchdown.

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