Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (IATA code DFW) has unveiled a new concourse extension at Terminal B containing a total of 10 new gates.
The new gates, numbered from B30 to B39, will be used to serve American Eagle regional jet flights. The concourse and new gates are part of DFW’s ongoing Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), a multi-year, $2.3 billion capital improvement program to redefine the airport’s four original terminals, which first opened in 1974.
“These new gates give DFW Airport additional capacity for hosting flights in Terminal B, and a beautiful new space for customers to enjoy as they await their flights,” says Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport. “We’ve also added some very nice customer touches in the new concourse, including a comfort zone seating area, charging stations, and of course, our fast and free Wi-Fi.”
The new concourse at Terminal B offers an additional 20,000 square feet of gate space for passengers. The entrance to the new concourse is adjacent to a Skylink people mover station for fast and efficient connections to any gate at DFW. The new concourse construction replaced one gate at Terminal B, for an overall net gain of nine gates to DFW.
With the addition of the 10 gates in the new concourse at Terminal B, DFW now has a total of 164 gates in its five terminals. The new Terminal B concourse is the first new terminal concourse to open at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport since the grand opening of Terminal D in July 2005.
Under TRIP, renovation work continues in other parts of Terminal B, as well as in Terminals A and E.
In separate DFW news, Qantas Airways has announced it is upgrading the aircraft type it uses for its DFW-Sydney service from the Boeing 747-400 to the Airbus A380 superjumbo, from September 29.
This means Qantas will actually be the first A380 operator at DFW, beating out Emirates ‒ which announced on April 3 that it would begin operating A380s to DFW on October 1 ‒ by two days.
Qantas Airways’ equipment upgrade will mean that the longest scheduled commercial flight in the world will now be served by the largest passenger jet in the world, according to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
“The announcement of Qantas Airways A380 service to DFW is outstanding news for our airport and the Dallas/Fort Worth region, because it adds more seats to what has become a very popular and important route,” says Donohue.
“With $2.9 billion in annual trade between Texas and Australia, the Qantas service has allowed for many new business, trade and tourism connections with the Dallas/Fort Worth region,” adds Donohue. “On the tourism side, since the route began three years ago more than 50,000 Australians a year are now visiting Dallas and Fort Worth and that number is growing.”
“Dallas/Fort Worth has become an important gateway for Qantas customers since we started flying there in 2011,” says Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Group. “Dallas/Fort Worth is home to oneworld partner American Airlines and is conveniently located less than four hours from every major US city including Orlando, Boston, Houston and LaGuardia, making it a perfect hub for our customers to Australia.”
Adds Joyce: “The A380 offers private First Class suites on the route for the first time, lie-flat Skybeds in Business, an exclusive Premium Economy cabin and our most spacious and comfortable International Economy seat yet.”
Given the fact that the Airbus A380 has a greater range than the Boeing 747-400, Qantas will now operate its DFW-Australia service non-stop to Sydney rather than via Brisbane.
The new A380 service will offer six round-trips a week between Dallas/Fort Worth and Sydney (every day except Tuesdays), representing a 10 per cent weekly net increase of seats on the route.
The Qantas announcement means DFW will host A380 flights from two carriers, the other being Emirates Airline, whose non-stop service to and from Dubai will start this fall. Those aircraft will use two Terminal D gates, D15 and D16, and each will use three passenger jet bridges for boarding and disembarkation.
DFW is currently finalizing its preparations for the arrival of the A380, constructing a second level jet bridge in Terminal D and making modifications to the airfield, ramps and taxiways. Terminal D opened in 2005 with A380 capabilities already built into its design, so the final additions to make DFW ready for the A380 are relatively minor, according to the airport.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport offers non-stop service to 56 international destinations and 147 cities in the U.S., with every major city in the U.S., Canada and Mexico within a four-hour flight.