The city of Dallas, Texas has more than one airport now, but the one that is only about five miles from downtown is Dallas Love Field. This airport was the main one serving the city until 1974 when the Dallas-Fort Worth airport opened. It still serves as a secondary airport and has service from several airlines. Dallas Love Field was open for business in 1917 and it was named for a First Lieutenant, Moss Lee Love. He perished in a plane crash in San Diego. Civilians were able to use Dallas Love Field for the first time in 1927.
Braniff Airways began using Love Field in 1936. The terminal was open to traffic until 1958 and was originally three single story concourses. It had only twenty six ramp gates. Besides Braniff, Dallas Love Field served American, Central, Trans Texas and Continental airlines. The first jet landed in 1959 when the Continental Vickers Viscount turboprop touched down. More jets started using Love Field in July of 1959.
A historical event took place at Dallas Love Field in November of 1963. Then President John F. Kennedy landed in Dallas. After his assassination, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President in Air Force One.
The carriers serving Dallas Love Field today are Southwest Airlines with one hundred and twenty one flights. They carry passengers to Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas and throughout Texas. There are eleven flights that travel just to Houston.
Delta Airlines has three flights from Dallas Love Field to Memphis. They fly on planes provided by Delta Connection partner, Pinnacle Airlines. Continental Airlines also has two gates that they use at Dallas Love Field.
Passenger Pick-up and passenger Drop-off carts are available from all the airlines. They also provide wheelchairs or medical transport if needed. Dallas Love Field has two sets of elevators that are between the main lobby area and baggage claim. Every restroom at Love Field is ADA accessible. On the west concourse there is a children's/unisex restroom.
For the hearing impaired there are telephones in the terminal lobby as well as the baggage claim area. The Dallas Police Department has a facility on site by the north concourse. It is manned twenty four hours a day.
Amenities at Dallas Love Field include ATM machines in the main lobby, near Hudson News and at the Business Center. Baggage carts are provided across from the Southwest Airline ticket counter. For passengers waiting for flights they can visit the Art Gallery that is in the main lobby.
There are many restaurants at Dallas Love Field. Food courts are located near gates four, nine and twenty seven. Cinnabon, Pizza Hut Express, Dreyer's Ice Cream, Chili's Too and the Antler's Bar are all in the same vicinity. Besides the newsstand passengers can shop at the Sunglass Hut, Grand Stand Sports and UV3 Sunglasses.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum is located at 6911 Lemmon Ave. The hours of operation are daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Cost is $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior and $5.00 for children ages 3-17.