Dallas Love Field Airport has a rich history in the community it serves. The United States Army established the airport on October 19, 1917 with 12 large wooden hangars, a large open landing area, and all the usual features of a military base including barracks, administrative buildings, a Post Exchange, a hospital, an Officers Club, and other supporting infrastructure. The airport was named Love Field in memory of Army Lieutenant Moss Lee Love, an officer in the Aeronautical Division of the Signal Corps (the predecessor of the U.S. Air Force), who was killed during a training flight in 1913. The City of Dallas dedicated the airport as its municipal airport in September of 1927, during a visit to the city by Charles Lindbergh.
Love Field Airport has changed dramatically over the one hundred years since it opened. Commercial service in the State of Texas began at Love Field in 1926 as National Air Transport (NAT) began flying the mail north to Chicago on May 12. NAT initiated the first passenger service along the same route with the three-passenger Travel Air 5000 aircraft on September 1, 1927. A small two-story terminal building was erected in 1929 on the north side of the field, but was replaced in 1940 by a new air-conditioned terminal on Lemmon Avenue. This terminal was expanded twice after World War II to accommodate the rapid growth in commercial airline activity, but was strained to capacity by the mid-1950s.
In 1958, a new Dallas Love Field terminal was opened that, with several renovations, still serves the airport today. Many physical changes have taken place in this terminal building, including a public ice skating rink that occupied the lobby from 1975 to 1978. The terminal underwent a significant renovation during the Love Field Modernization Program (LFMP) to accommodate the increase in airline operations after federally-mandated commercial service restrictions were lifted in 2014.
The LFMP was launched in 2009 and has updated virtually every physical component of landside facilities, including gates, ticketing hall, baggage claim, parking, retail spaces, security functions, and building infrastructure.
One hundred years after its opening, Love Field Airport serves an average of 15 million passengers annually with three airlines, offers a world-class art program, and continues to advance its vision of “leading the evolution of the Airport experience” in the heart of Dallas, Texas.