DFW is but one of seven air­ports on the planet with 200-plus di­rectly- ac­ces­si­ble des­ti­na­tions

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Over in Ter­mi­nal D there’s a lit­tle bit more room to stretch out and get some soul-sav­ing sleep too. The first of two Minute Suites planned for the air­port is now open near Gate D23. It comes re­plete with nine sleep­ing suites and a pair of show­ers, the bet­ter to bat­tle the rav­ages of the road.

Then there’s au­ral re­lief. All four ter­mi­nals that are be­ing re-done, be­gin­ning with A, are get­ting new ter­razzo floors to re­place those clat­tery tiles that made your roller bags go click­ety-clack. Small stuff, per­haps – but it mat­ters in a world where ev­ery­body’s got roller bags.

That’s the least of the changes fliers to the Metro­plex can ex­pect can you ex­pect when you get there?

Cur­rently, there’s no light rail ser­vice from Dal­las or Fort Worth to DFW’s ter­mi­nals per se. That should change in De­cem­ber 2014 ac­cord­ing to Mor­gan Lyons, spokesman for Dal­las Area Rapid Tran­sit. DART plans to be­gin run­ning rails through the north end of the air­port into Ter­mi­nal A, a key Amer­i­can Air­lines fa­cil­ity. The ride to down­town Dal­las should take 30 to 40 min­utes. As for west­ward ground con­nec­tions, he says,“The Fort Worth Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity plans to bring in a rail line to con­nect to Ter­mi­nal B”on the west, or Fort Worth side, of the air­port. That’s a bit far­ther down the line, with its open­ing, per­haps, in 2017.

Cur­rently, rail ser­vice is sort of clunky to and from the mid-cities mega­port. Pas­sen­gers can ride the Trin­ity Rail­way Ex­press to ei­ther Dal­las or Fort Worth – but it en­tails a shut­tle bus trans­fer.

While Dal­las Love Field is get­ting an airy, mod­ern new air­side ter­mi­nal, tick­et­ing halls and bag­gage claim area at a price tag of some $519 mil­lion, Dal­las/Fort Worth In­ter­na­tional is un­der­go­ing that multi­bil­lion-dol­lar TIP (ter­mi­nal im­prove­ment project) we al­luded to. Lots of be­hind-thescenes block­ing and tack­ling projects here – HVAC, power, wa­ter, that sort of stuff.

What fliers will most no­tice is se­cu­rity check­point up­grades.“We’re mak­ing the check­points them­selves larger,”says Ma­gaña.“[We’re] turn­ing them 90 de­grees. In­stead of go­ing across the nar­row width of our ter­mi­nals, they’re now ac­tu­ally go­ing the length of the ter­mi­nals.”The re­sult?: “A lit­tle bit more abil­ity to put more room in here.” over the com­ing years. Spirit’s on the rise and South­west is about to shed its Love Field shack­les. Over­shad­ow­ing it all is the fate of the New Amer­i­can. But there’s no doubt this North Texas duo shows no signs of shrink­ing. BT

Air China has be­gun new ser­vices out of Bei­jing to Geneva and Hous­ton. Both ser­vices op­er­ate four times weekly.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit airchina.com.

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