Dallas-Fort Worth airport unveils $3.5bn upgrade

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and American Airlines have announced plans, costed at up to $3.5bn, to build a sixth terminal there and make improvements to existing Terminal C.

"It’s gonna be amazing – the best terminal anywhere," enthused Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price at a news conference, adding the plan showed how quickly the region was growing.

Design of the new Terminal F building is due to start immediately and with a view to completion in 2025. The terminal will have up to 24 domestic and national gates, depending on demand.

DFW is the world’s fourteenth busiest airport by passenger traffic.

Sean Donohue, DFW Airport chief executive, said: "Today’s announcement sets the stage for DFW Airport’s next 50 years.

The work on Terminal C, which was built in 1974, follows the refurbishment of terminals A, B and E in 2018. The improvements will include check-in areas, retail space and upgrades to lighting and flooring.

The announcement about the airport’s long-term infrastructure comes weeks after American Airlines opened 15 new gates at Terminal E. The Fort Worth-based company said the new gates will aid in the support of over 100 daily regional flights.
The project will be co-financed by bonds and repaid through rates and charges to airlines.

Terminal F will be located south of Terminal D, and will contain 24 gates with the option of expansion for additional facilities.

Image: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (Tom Walsh/CC BY-SA 3.0)

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