Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s $2.3 billion renovation and new Dallas Love Field

January 13, 2013


Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s $2.3 billion dollar terminal renovation

A $2.3 billion dollar terminal renovation project is under way now at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. New animation of the finished work was released for the airport board meeting on January 10, 2013.

The airport is jointly owned by the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth.

DFW Airport Renovation Animation
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Light Rail to DFW International Airport

Beginning December 3, 2012, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Light Rail extended its service to Belt Line Station, which is located on DFW International Airport.  DFW Airport is proud to announce that with this extension, passengers now have access to Airport terminals via a DART shuttle bus.

On December 3rd, passengers who ride DART to Belt Line Station will have the ability to take a short, 4-mile ride over to Terminal A via a DART bus.

DFW Airport is hard at work building a state-of-the-art light rail facility at Terminal A. The DART Light Rail service will arrive at its permanent, Terminal A station in 2014.

Video: DART rail Orange Line Phase 2 opens


Dallas Fort Worth logo

Dallas Fort Worth Metro Area

DFW Terminal Map

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

The Skylink high-speed train

Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Dallas Fort Worth Terminal D

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

When Dallas Love Field and Fort Worth’s Greater Southwest International Airport became too small Dallas-Fort Worth International was built. Dallas-Fort Worth International opened in 1974. American Airlines opened its hub at DFW in 1981.

Dallas Love Field
The current Love Field terminal opened in 1958, and the building featured three concourses with moving sidewalks, and a Dallas tradition, the Luau Room restaurant, above the main lobby. The 5-year-old terminal secured its place in the nation’s history on November 22, 1963, when John Kennedy arrived on his fatal, final journey to Dallas. Later in the afternoon, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the new president aboard Air Force One parked at the east concourse.

Love Field’s new terminal and larger selection of flights attracted an increased number of flyers, and by the late 1960s, all commercial traffic had moved to Love Field Airport. Until the opening of the new Dallas/Fort Worth Regional (now DFW International) Airport on January 13, 1974, Love was North Central Texas’s primary airport. In spite of the new airport under construction, airlines had to expand their facilities at Love in the interim. Braniff built a new ticket counter area and concourse that featured the “Jet Rail” which carried passengers from a checkin position in the parking lot to the gates. American, Delta, and Continental also expanded and upgraded their Love Field Facilities.

As construction began on the new DFW Airport in 1969, all of the existing airlines signed agreements to move their flights to the new airport when it opened.

Southwest began service on June 18, 1971 as an intrastate carrier with flights between Dallas and Houston and San Antonio using gates acquired from Delta on the North Concourse.

Alarmed that interstate service from Love Field would harm the new DFW Airport, House Speaker Jim Wright introduces legislation that would restrict interstate service from Love Field. The final version of this legislation prohibited service between Love Field and any point outside of Texas and the 4 states surrounding Texas: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The 1997 Shelby Amendment added Kansas, Alabama, and Mississippi to the Love Field Service Area, and Missouri was added in 2005.

In recognition of the maturity of the DFW International Airport, the Wright Reform Act of 2006 became law in October of that year. This compromise legislation came about with the agreement of the Cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, the DFW International Airport Board, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. The new legislation allowed through ticketing and one-stop, direct through flights to points beyond the Love Field Service Area to begin immediately, and in 2014, all domestic flight restrictions of the Wright Amendment will be repealed. This legislation also caps the number of gates available to airlines. The Love Field Modernization Program comes out of that agreement.

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Dallas Love Field

Dallas Love Field 1958

Dallas Love Field

Dallas Love Field

Dallas Love Field

Dallas Love Field Terminal

Love Field Braniff International Terminal

Love Field moving sidewalks

Braniff International airlines opened the “Terminal of the Future” at its home base at Dallas Love Field. The airline also operated Jetrail from 1969 to 1974.

Dallas Love Field Jet Rail

Love Field Braniff JetRail

Dallas Love Field

The new Dallas Love Field Airport

The new Love Field Airport will increase efficiency for travelers while maintaining the convenience that Love Field currently offers passengers. In the new design, the terminal will decrease in size approximately 25 percent by replacing a large amount of unused and outdated space with modern and efficient facilities. The three original concourses will be demolished and consolidated into one convenient, centrally located concourse for all airlines. In addition to the new concourse, the check-in and baggage claim areas will be redesigned. The main lobby space will be renovated but will retain the overall structure and volume of the original design. This portion of the facility is the symbolic heart of the terminal complex and a vital part of the passenger processing operation. In addition, the LFMP will more than double the amount of available airport concessions.

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Dallas Love Field renovation

Fort Worth’s former Greater Southwest International Airport

In 1964 the Federal Aviation Administration decided it no longer wanted to fund separate airports for Dallas and Fort Worth. In 1965 a parcel of land north of Greater Southwest was selected for what is now the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. American Airlines expanded its headquarters to new buildings on the airport site during the 1980s and 1990s.

Greater Southwest International Airport

Greater Southwest International Airport

Early days of the then new DFW International Airport

Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport under construction October 1, 1971

Photo Credit: Tarrant County College NE, Heritage Room

Dallas Fort Worth -Construction

Dallas Fort Worth -Construction 1974

Braniff  International airlines was a key partner in the planning of the new Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The airline started service with Concorde in 1979 between Dallas/Fort Worth and Washington, D.C., to Paris and London on interchange flights with Air France and British Airways.

Braniff Airlines

Dallas Fort Worth -Concord

Braniff Concorde

Braniff Airlines hub shutdown
Braniff International Airways operated from 1930 until May 12, 1982 when they ceased all operations

Dallas Fort Worth Braniff May 1982 shutdown

Delta Airlines hub

Dallas Fort Worth -Delta Hub 2001

American Airlines relocated its headquarters from New York City to Fort Worth in 1979. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) was established as an American hub in 1981.

Delta Airlines once operated over 200 flights per day from DFW.  This was Delta’s 3rd-largest hub behind Atlanta and Cincinnati. Delta closed the hub in February 2005.

Dallas downtown skyline

Dallas downtown

Fort Worth downtown skyline

Fort Worth

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