DFW To Replace 20 Skylink Elevators

DFW CEO Sean Donohue during the 2023 “State of the Airport” address | Image by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

To improve its Skylink system, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport plans to replace 20 elevators it uses to move customers among its five terminals.

DFW has a condition-assessment program for its elevators based on age, frequency of use, and repair requirements,” a DFW spokesperson wrote in an email to The Dallas Express. “Currently, we have a replacement program in the design phase which will modernize and replace multiple aging elevators as DFW approaches 50 years of operation.”

According to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing, the estimated construction cost associated with the elevators is $20 million, with work expected to begin in March.

“While the initial licensing process has started, final construction and design elements are still in design development, and the actual budget, timeline, and design could change accordingly,” Greiner said.

It could take more than three years to complete the project, the filing shows.

Skylink, a free rail train, moves customers between Terminals A, B, C, D and E every few minutes, 24 hours a day, at the airport. Each terminal has a Skylink station.

In its 2023 “State of the Airport” address, DFW revealed details about the planned reconstruction of Terminal C and construction of Terminal F, bringing the total number of terminals at the airport to six.

“We are proud to continue serving as one of the main economic engines not just in North Texas but in the entire state of Texas,” DFW CEO Sean Donohue said in the address. 

“DFW is committed to making the investments and developing the strategic relationships around the world that will lead to even more destinations, support new flights, create unforgettable travel experiences and attract the best talent in the industry,” Donohue added.

According to its website, DFW opened on Jan. 13, 1974. More than 73 million customers enter DFW each year. The airport offers flights to 193 domestic and 67 international destinations through 28 airlines, including American, Delta and United.

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