Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had to say goodbye in 2011 to AirTran Airways in November as new owner Southwest Airlines would have faced penalties from a 2006 deal if it kept flying out of that airport.

But offsetting the loss of AirTran was the May arrival of another low-fare carrier, Spirit Airlines. Spirit began service with flights to Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas, and later added flights to Chicago.

On the day that American Airlines announced it was filing for bankruptcy, Spirit announced it would launch service in early 2012 from D/FW to New York, Orlando, Boston and Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix.

In addition, JetBlue Airways said it would enter the market with Boston-D/FW flights on May 1, and Delta Air Lines will launch New York LaGuardia-D/FW flights on March 25.

The airport also saw Virgin America, which offers low-fare service from San Francisco and Los Angeles, add flights into Dallas/Fort Worth.

On the international front, Qantas Airways began flying between Australia and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in May, with nonstop service from Sydney and to Brisbane. In February, Emirates Airline will begin flights from Dubai, D/FW Airport’s first nonstop service to that part of the world.

As Dorothy said in Munchkin Land, “My! People come and go so quickly here!”

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