Hundreds of planes head to North Texas for College Football Playoff

Hundreds of planes head to North Texas for College Football Playoff
January 10, 2015
Ground crewman attend to a corporate jet at Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, January 8, 2015. Local transportation officials say that Arlington Municipal Airport will handle a large number of corporate, charter and private jets for the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

By Tom Fox
Special Contributor Laurie Fox
DallasMorningNews.com
January 10, 2015

Photo by Tom Fox, Courtesy Dallas Morning News

The skies over North Texas will be a bit more crowded over the next few days as a bevy of private planes descend ahead of Monday’s first-ever College Football Playoff national championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Local transportation and aviation officials expect several hundred smaller planes — carrying Oregon and Ohio State boosters, corporate sponsors and fans — to head into the area’s regional airports. Local transportation officials say that Arlington Municipal Airport will handle a large number of corporate, charter and private jets for the College Football Playoff National Championship game. Airport manager Karen VanWinkle says the airport is expected to be full come game time.

The added aviation activity that typically surrounds big stadium events like the Super Bowl, Dallas Cowboys playoff games and college athletic events has given smaller, local airports plenty of practice for crowds. Federal Aviation Administration officials estimate that 1,000 smaller jets packed Dallas Love Field and Arlington Municipal Airport as well as others such as Alliance, Meacham and Spinks airports in Fort Worth during the 2011 Super Bowl. Around 500-700 non-commercial aircraft are expected this weekend for the CFP championship, officials said.

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