DFW International Airport Unveils New 'SantaTracker' Website

Santa Claus gets 'top flight' treatment at DFW; Holiday travel tips and parking deals keep passengers moving

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas , Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- DFW International Airport's "SantaTracker" (www.dfwairport.com/santatracker) web site debuts today as the Airport welcomes an expected 2.99 million passengers between Dec. 18 and Jan. 6, 2009 . SantaTracker, the Airport's interactive web site is upgraded and will once again track the movements of Santa and his reindeer and offer interactive games and holiday web links for families to enjoy.

Utilizing one-of-a-kind navigational technology, DFW will track Santa and his sleigh as he makes his swift trip around the world and visits the good children of North Texas . DFW has it on good authority that Santa will be landing at DFW between 11 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve . SantaTracker will also continue to provide families an opportunity to follow Santa's trip around the world with telephone updates at 972-586-NOEL (6635). The phone line updates will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 .

"SantaTracker is an interactive way for children of all ages to enjoy the festivities while traveling or just waiting anxiously for Santa to reach Texas," said Ken Capps , vice president of public affairs for DFW. "This is our eighth year to offer SantaTracker and it's become a fun tradition that we really enjoy offering our passengers, local citizens and Claus fans from around the world.

Passengers traveling through DFW this holiday season will also find new, free amenities to power up laptops and track the Jolly Old Elf. DFW's expanded its Free Power/Free Wired Internet kiosks to 17 locations. The kiosks offer free power and wired Internet and are located at Terminal A, Gates 12, 20, 28; Terminal B, Gates 10, 29, 35; Terminal C, Gates 6, 20, 27, 35; Terminal D, Gates 21, 23, 30, 40; and Terminal E, Gates 10, 14 and 36.

SantaTracker invites visitors to play interactive games that include Snowball Challenge, Santa's Chimney Drop game and Wishlist Word Find. In addition to games, web surfers can view a virtual reality of Santa's landing at DFW, send holiday e-cards and get travel tips and information on parking discounts at DFW.

DFW's SantaTracker site was designed entirely by the Airport's talented Marketing team and features unique music and animation to keep visitors coming back day after day. The site was designed using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. It was further developed using Adobe Flash CS3 and Action Script 3 as well as Bryce 3D software. The countdown feature utilized the DFW server clock to accurately track Santa's minute-by-minute trek around the world and to North Texas .

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Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas , DFW International Airport is the world's third busiest, offering nearly 1,900 flights per day and serving 57 million passengers a year. DFW has been named "Best Airport for Customer Service in North America" by an Airports Council International survey of passengers in 2006 and 2007. DFW International Airport provides non-stop service to 128 domestic and 38 international destinations worldwide. For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability or further details regarding the many services provided at DFW International Airport, log on to www.dfwairport.com.

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