The Alliance Legacy

Our History

It was, perhaps, a little known study produced for the City of Fort Worth that provided the first spark needed to launch AllianceTexas

That study predicted the need for a new airport on the northwest side of Dallas-Fort Worth to alleviate anticipated congestion at existing air facilities. By 1985, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began seeking a location for this relief facility. With more than 10,000 acres of undeveloped land in Tarrant and Denton counties, the Perot family was approached by the FAA about donating the land due to their reputation for providing acreage for such public ventures.

The vision for growing the project from a reliever airport to an industrial airport came after discussions with key industry leaders, who advised that a reliever airport was too small. Ross Perot, Jr. began to envision an industrial development with an airport as an anchor that would spur regional growth and attract leading corporations.

With support from the FAA, the City of Fort Worth and Hillwood, the world's first industrial airport - Fort Worth Alliance Airport, was designed and developed. The name "Alliance" refers to the public-private partnership between these three entities. The airport opened on December 14, 1989. With the addition of BNSF Railway's Alliance Intermodal Facility in 1992, Alliance became the model for inland ports, with abundant acreage surrounding direct access to air, rail, intermodal and highway transportation options.