DFW Airport opens renovated section of Terminal A

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    Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on Tuesday ushered in a new era for today’s fast-paced traveler when it, and American Airlines, jointly unveiled the recently completed renovations to a portion of Terminal A that allows for self-checking luggage and offers power outlets and work tables at the gates.

    Gates A8 through A16 were totally overhauled in a renovation that began in May 2011. The portion of the nearly 40-year-old terminal was taken down to the concrete pillars and bare floors and walls, and rebuilt into a shiny, open-concept terminal with taller ceilings, larger windows that bring in more daylight and a sleek terrazzo tile floor that replaces decades-old raised ceramic tiles. Now, luggage with wheels makes no noise when pulled across the floor.

    Jeff Fegan, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport CEO, said the improvements are a “tremendous upgrade” in services that will meet the needs of the traveling public for the next 40 years. About 11 million passengers travel through Terminal A annually, he said.

    “This is really a special day, an important day in our history,” Fegan said. “This work involved a tremendous amount of planning and preparation.”

    The recent renovations are just a small part of a $2.3 billion project to redo the airports original four terminals, A, B, C and E, that opened in 1974. The work will take seven years to complete, and involves all new electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems, which together make the terminals 30 percent more energy- efficient.

    For example, the new lighting system “harvests” daylight by recognizing natural light from outside to reduce the amount of electrical light needed. As it gets darker outside, the indoor lights increase.

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