Jeffrey P. Fegan
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Jeffrey P. Fegan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, overseeing the fourth-busiest airport in the world.
Mr. Fegan has served as CEO since 1994, functioning as the chief administrator for the Airport and recommending policies to the DFW Airport Board for planning, constructing, operating, and regulating the Airport.
Under Mr. Fegan’s direction, DFW has become one of the top connecting airport hubs in the world, serving 198 domestic and international destinations. For the past five consecutive years, DFW has ranked among the world’s top five large airports for customer service in surveys conducted by Airports Council International. The Airport has also adopted a comprehensive Sustainability Program in pursuit of environmental responsibility, and has established an impressive track record for partnership on aviation safety and research.
Mr. Fegan is considered a pioneer and innovator in Airport Commercialization. Under his leadership, DFW was one of the first to embrace the Airport City/Aerotropolis concept, which has resulted in significant new development and revenues for the Airport, including major industrial parks, hotels, foreign trade zone developments, and the exploration of natural gas. He has introduced a number of innovations in airport concessions and led DFW to be one of the first airports to embrace corporate marketing and advertisement agreements with partners such as Pepsi and AT&T.
Mr. Fegan led the development and implementation of DFW’s first Strategic Plan and the Airport’s Master Plan, and expanded airfield capacity to ensure DFW readiness into the future for next generation long-haul aircraft. Under his leadership DFW undertook a $2.8 billion capital development plan, which included construction of International Terminal D, the Skylink people mover system making DFW one of the most efficient connecting hubs in the world, and construction of the Grand Hyatt DFW – an acclaimed hotel earning top awards worldwide. Currently underway at DFW is a $2.3 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP) to modernize DFW’s four older terminals.
Other achievements at DFW include the development of the consolidated DFW Rental Car Center, International Commerce Park, the International Air Cargo Center, DFW’s Corporate Aviation, Founders’ Plaza observation center, and establishment of the Airport Operations Center (AOC), Emergency Operations Center (EOC), DFW Fire Training Research Center and the DFW Airport Wellness Center.
In addition to his success as a builder of massive infrastructure projects, Mr. Fegan has been successful as a builder of high performance teams that drive DFW’s reputation for excellence. He has been a champion of diversity and inclusion and is sought after as a speaker and lecturer.
As a result of Mr. Fegan’s transformational leadership, DFW International Airport has developed one of the strongest brands in the industry and is well positioned for the future.
Mr. Fegan joined DFW in December 1984 as Chief Planner, and later served as Assistant Director of Planning, Director of Planning and Engineering, and then Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Administration prior to becoming CEO.
Prior to coming to DFW Airport, Mr. Fegan was the Noise Abatement Officer at Westchester County Airport in New York. He was in the aviation consulting business from 1978 to 1983. He received a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Frostburg University, Maryland and a Master of City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University and the Advanced Airport Management Course at the International Aviation Management Training Institute in Montréal, Quebec.
Mr. Fegan is an Accredited Airport Executive, and serves or has served on the boards of directors for several industry associations, including Airports Council International – North America, an organization for which he is past Chairman, and the U.S. Travel Association Gateway Airports Council, which he currently chairs. Mr. Fegan is a leader in the Dallas and Fort Worth business communities, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Regional Chamber, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Citizens Council, North Texas Commission and World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth.