Texas' 380 airports, including 26 commercial airports, make up the second-largest state airport system in the United States. Even Texas' smallest commercial airports feature non-stop flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) and/or George Bush Intercontinental in Houston (IAH), Texas' two largest airports and major domestic and international hubs.
Texas is home to two of the world's largest airlines
Founded in 1930, American Airlines moved its headquarters from New York to Fort Worth in 1979 and has since become one of the largest airlines in the world, contributing nearly $100 billion to the U.S. and international economies, and helped create more than 900,000 jobs worldwide. American Airlines' Fort Worth headquarters occupies about 1.4 million square feet and houses more than 4,300 employees.
In June 1971, Southwest Airlines incorporated in Dallas and began service with three Boeing 737 aircraft to serve Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. Today, the Dallas company operates more than 548 aircraft to 72 cities in 37 states. Southwest Airlines' partnership with Volaris Airlines, Mexico's second largest carrier, expands Southwest Airlines' market to Cancun, Guadalajara, Morelia, Toluca/Mexico City, and Zacatecas. Southwest Airlines has 35,000 employees nationwide with around 10,500 in Texas.