Statement by Dale Petroskey, President and CEO, Dallas Regional Chamber, on the Need for Federal Assistance for U.S. Airlines

The Dallas Regional Chamber calls on all members of our North Texas Congressional delegation to support immediate federal assistance for U.S. airlines. In the Dallas Region, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are vital economic engines. American Airlines has 33,000 employees here and 80 percent of the flights at DFW International Airport, which accounts for $40 billion of annual GDP. Southwest Airlines has 12,500 employees here and accounts for 90 percent of the flights at Dallas Love Field, the fastest-growing airport in the U.S. over the past decade. Without swift federal action, the Dallas Region will feel a decline in almost every measurable indicator of economic activity.


About the Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas Regional Chamber is one of the most established business organizations in the nation and serves as the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in the United States to live, work, and do business. For more information, please contact the DRC at 214.746.6600 or visit


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