(DFW AIRPORT, TX – September 20, 2011) – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is starting construction to add 54,000 square feet of “landside” interior terminal space in Terminal E, creating more room for ticketing, baggage claim, security and passenger services. The work will expand the terminal building between gates E17 and E31, and is part of the DFW Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP). The initial phase for Terminal E also includes the reactivation of the ‘satellite’ terminal, which houses seven aircraft gates.
TRIP is a seven-year, $1.9 billion renovation plan to renew all four of the Airport’s original terminals, which first opened with DFW in 1974. Under TRIP, DFW will replace aging infrastructure systems, update concessions and redesign terminal space to greatly improve the passenger experience. Construction work in Terminal A has been underway since May, and a temporary wall in Terminal E now marks the TRIP expansion into a second terminal.
“This work in Terminal E is designed to meet the needs of passengers today while we transition to completely renewed facilities,” said DFW Airport CEO Jeff Fegan. “We will soon greet customers with new, high-efficiency building systems and technology, modernized spaces with the most highly requested passenger amenities and improvements for our airline partners.”
The Terminal E satellite facility work will reactivate seven gates and create several new concessions outlets, allowing airlines to continue their operations seamlessly and DFW to continue to provide excellent customer service during the renewal program.
“This first phase in Terminal E is designed to maintain DFW’s superior passenger service,” said Perfecto Solis, DFW’s Vice President of Airport Development & Engineering. “During the next three phases, the satellite gates will serve as a temporary home for airlines as we replace the aging building systems and technology infrastructure, and renovate concessions and other spaces within the main terminal.”
During Phase 1 of the Terminal E project, some curbside activities such as Terminal Link shuttle bus service and pre-arranged limousine service will transfer to other areas of the terminal roadway.
Signage at these areas will direct passengers to the new locations. Later in the project, periodic traffic interruptions may occur in the overnight hours as TRIP team members move materials using a tall tower crane. Daytime traffic will not be interrupted.
Phases 2, 3 and 4 of the Terminal E renovation will encompass the renewal of the main areas of the terminal, and are scheduled to take place between 2013 and 2016.
“At the completion of the TRIP in 2017, DFW Airport will truly be one of the most advanced transportation hubs in the world,” said Fegan. “As we redefine DFW Airport, our mission remains to provide our customers with outstanding facilities and services, expanding global access and economic benefits to those we serve.”