DFW Airport Expansion Concept Revealed

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport | Image by EQRoy, Shutterstock

American Airlines and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport have unveiled early concept renderings for Terminal F and the Terminal C gate expansion.

The concept renderings were shared in a recent news release announcing the new 10-year Use and Lease Agreement between Fort Worth-based American Airlines and DFW Airport.

The new Use and Lease agreement comprises nearly $5 billion in pre-approved capital investments, which include the construction of Terminal F, the renovation of Terminal C, the construction of gate expansions at Terminal A and Terminal C, and other significant modernization projects.

These renovations will help DFW Airport continue to grow and achieve long-term sustainability.

“Second isn’t where we want to be when we want to be the busiest airport in the world,” American Airlines CEO Robert Isom said at a signing ceremony last week. “As you can see, we’re building the foundation to do that both in the facilities and also on the airfield.”

The last major renovations at DFW Airport occurred in 2021 and included a four-gate expansion to Terminal D. Once renovations to Terminal D were completed, it brought the total number of gates at DFW Airport to over 160.

Current expansion plans are calling for an additional 24 gates.

“Our region will become the nation’s third-largest metro region within the next 10 years, and it’s no surprise that we have the second busiest airport in the world. Today’s agreement ensures DFW Airport is ready for the future and to continue serving as Fort Worth’s gateway to the world,” said Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker.

While the 10-year agreement dedicates capital investments toward various renovations and expansions, the most significant projects include $1.63 billion for the construction of Terminal F and $2.72 billion for the expansion of the Central Terminal Area, which consists of a reimagined Terminal C, gate expansions for Terminal A and Terminal C, and significant upgrades to roadways and terminal access.

Approximately 85% of passenger traffic at DFW Airport comes from American Airlines customers, with about two-thirds of customers connecting through DFW to access the airline’s global network, which the carrier calls its “connection factory.”

“As a growing, international city, Dallas takes great pride in its partnerships with Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and American Airlines,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said in the news release. “DFW Airport connects our community to the world and fuels economic growth throughout our region and state.”

“We all recognize that North Texas is the place to be. Signing the new Use and Lease Agreement is one step to ensure our region remains well-positioned to thrive in the future,” Johnson said.

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