American Airlines, Dallas Forth/Worth Airport Open New Terminal
American Airlines announced the opening of Terminal A at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The first phase of construction has been completed and includes gates A8 through A16, the check-in and entrance area, and a parking structure adjacent to the gates.
The new terminal was designed with passengers in mind. Amenities include power outlets and desks at each gate, new check-in kiosks with self-tag capabilities for checked baggage, and a separate area for priority check-in.
Other features of the new terminal include two baggage claim areas with digital signage; an expanded security area with four lanes and additional dining options that include the Salt Lick BBQ, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Ling & Louie’s Asian fusion restaurant, and Teavana. State-of-the-art heating and ventilation systems promise to keep travelers warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Prior to the opening of Terminal 1, the airport had opened its new Terminal A parking garage. The new structure, which is adjacent to the terminal, uses a new parking guidance system that shows drivers the location of available parking spots.
The renewal is part of the airport’s TRIP (Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program), a seven year-long renovation of Dallas/Fort Worth’s four terminals, which were originally opened in 1974. The entire project will cost $2.3 billion.
Terminal A’s renewal is a three-phrase process. Construction began in 2011, and all three phases are expected to be completed by next year, with the entire TRIP program expected to be finished in 2017.
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