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DFW Airport passenger traffic drops for a second month in a row

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport served fewer passengers in July when compared to last year’s busy summer travel month.

The airport said 6.1 million passengers flew through the airport, down 3.4 percent compared to July 2015. Most of the decline was attributed to American Airlines cutting capacity on its routes.

“This is the first time we’ve seen two down months in a row since 2013,” John Ackerman, the airport’s executive vice president of global strategy and development, told the airport board at its meeting on Thursday. The airport had a 1.6 percent year-over-year decline in passengers in June.

Ackerman added that American also had lower load factors this summer than in 2015 which was a record year, making monthly comparisons difficult this year.

International passengers grew 3.5 percent, bolstered by Air Canada and Qatar Airways, Ackerman said.

Separately, the board approved a $9 million proposed settlement with Chesapeake Energy to resolve a lawsuit alleging that the energy company did not drill enough wells on airport property.

The proposed deal will settle any outstanding claims with Chesapeake and includes an $8 million payment related to its drilling commitment and a $1 million royalty payment.

The board also approved a new air service incentive program that would offer airlines reduced landing fees and marketing funds if they decide to launch new flights to a targeted international destination.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk