27-Mar-2013 8:37 AM

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport completes phase one of USD2.3bn refurbishment

US' Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport announced (26-Mar-2013) the completion of phase one of its terminal A refurbishment, part of the airport's wider terminal renewal and improvement programme (TRIP). Key features in the newly redefined section of tTerminal A include:

  • 50% more concession space and 18 new concessions (including The Salt Lick BBQ, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Ling & Louie's and Teavana);
  • A new 2.9 million sqft parking facility, adding 7793 spaces to the airport's parking portfolio;
  • Enhanced signage for way-finding, concessions and gates;
  • Enhanced and expanded TSA Checkpoint with four security lanes and a larger area after security to re-pack;
  • More self-serve ticket kiosks (11 airside; 13 landside);
  • New heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and lighting system;
  • Energy-efficient glass windows;
  • New state-of-the-art fibre optics backbone and communications rooms;
  • The first phase of what will be the largest Public Address Voice Evacuation system in the world;
  • Four new high-capacity elevators for transit between concourse levels.

With the completion of the first section of terminal A, American Airlines also unveiled its "next generation" designs for airports, the first such installation anywhere. The new features include enhanced check-in and ticketing, and redesigned services for premium passengers. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport CEO Jeff Fegan said "with new concessions, reimagined passenger flows, updated finishes and a completely revamped section of terminal A", the airport was "ready to meet the needs of our passengers for the next 40 years.” The airport launched the first major phase of its USD2.3 billion TRIP refurbishment in 2011, with the project due for completion in 2018. Terminals A, B, C and E are due for renovations. American Airlines plans similar refurbishments in terminals B and C, as well as at New York LaGuardia Airport later in 2013. American Airlines VP for real estate Kevin Cox said “DFW Terminal A – Phase 1 sets the stage for future next generation airport improvements, and will be a tremendous model for us to further refine how we integrate our new look and feel into our airports in the future.” [more - original PR - Parking] [more - original PR - Concessions] [more - original PR - DFW] [more - original PR - American Airlines]

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