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Most Watched No. 8: Rebanking DFW Airport

American Airlines operational planner Jackie Remsik helps coordinate the ground movement of airplanes to and from the terminals in one of the control towers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)
American Airlines operational planner Jackie Remsik helps coordinate the ground movement of airplanes to and from the terminals in one of the control towers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison) Star-Telegram

In March, American Airlines rebanked its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

Although the Fort Worth-based carrier didn’t add or drop flights from its daily schedule of over 800 flights, it tweaked the schedule to allow for shorter connection times and busier “banks.”

In this video simulation, American used computer modeling to see if its banked schedule could be operated without compromising on-time departures and arrivals. It also used the computer modeling to help air traffic controllers balance the use of runways at DFW without pushing them to capacity.

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