Your First Look at the Modernization Project That Aims To Bring Love Field to the Big Time

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Photos by Brantley Hargrove
Your first look at the new-look terminal at Love Field
Who doesn't love Love Field? Easily negotiated, convenient, it's everything that Dallas-Fort Worth International isn't. But it's always had that dingy, regional-airport feel. Said interim Aviation director Mark Duebner, "Compared to what we've been working with -- our 1950s terminal with few amenities -- this will be worth the wait."

He's talking about that $519-million modernization project, to be completed by the fall of 2014, which will feature a new 20-gate concourse and ticketing hall; an expanded curbside and roadway for passenger pickup and drop-off; triple the number of concourse vendors, all complemented by $3.2 million worth of art installations, including a recycled glass terrazzo.

We took a walking tour through the exposed ribs of the new facilities Thursday afternoon, and it looks like Dallas Love Field is shucking its cramped, regional-backwater duds for an expansive Big City makeover. DFW's about to get a run for its money.

Here's what to expect:

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The new drop-off at Love
Winter 2012: Opening new section of Terminal 2 lobby and security checkpoint, along with the closing of the West Tunnel, which connects Terminal 2 baggage claim and Garage A.

Summer 2012: Expanding upper level of Cedar Springs Road, so plan for a bit of congestion.

Fall 2012: Opening of the new ticket hall, the relocation of Southwest ticket counters and curbside check-in, and the installation of the first three art projects.

Spring/Summer 2013: Opening of the first 12 gates in the new concourse; a new lobby and additional security checkpoint lanes; new concessions and six additional art installations.

Fall 2014: Remaining eight gates open, along with the new baggage claim hall, the final art installations and the official end of the Wright Amendment restrictions.

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The new ticket hall
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PhilanderingMoustache
PhilanderingMoustache

Worst airport I've ever been in, and no amount of lipstick is going to make me want to look twice at this pig. 

DaTruth
DaTruth

Who doesn't love Love? Me. Old. Small. Longest and slowest check point lines of any airport I've ever been in.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

DFW is convenient, to those that live by it, and its actually one of the easiest airports in the world to get around.  And the reason Love always felt like a 1950's regional airport is because, that what it was.  Oh and have fun flying across the pond from there

Mike3647
Mike3647

I live 10 minutes from Love but can be at my gate at DFW faster.

Paul
Paul

Fair enough, except the only way that it happened was through federal legislation.

Anon
Anon

everything that happens in the airline industry happens because of federal subsidy, so it's fairly reasonable to expect them to make legislation that directs it. obviously the process oozes with corruption, but most people aren't arguing for the Feds to stop sending their money.

Dalguy
Dalguy

When will the tunnel from the Love Field terminal to the otherwise poorly located DART station be completed?

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

I appreciate the minimalist design

richard_schumacher
richard_schumacher

When do we get an underground people mover to the DART light rail station?

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Be nice if the folks at Love built a little place where folks can sit in the shade and watch airplanes come and go -- something like Founder's Plaza at DFW, but a little closer to the action. As it is, we make do with George Coker Drive, when it's not filled with parked cars.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

[...Dallas Love Field is shucking its cramped, regional-backwater duds for an expansive Big City makeover. DFW's about to get a run for its money.]

The irony here is that Love Field's expensive makeover was mandated by Ft. Worth, the DFW Airport Board and American Airlines as part of the Wright Amendment settlement.

Why in the world would they want that, you may ask?  Simple:  Southwest Airlines was put on the hook for all the debt that had to be issued; this cost will ultimately be borne by Love Field passengers via increased ticket costs.  In addition to higher base ticket costs, Love Field ticket taxes known as  passenger facility charges (PFCs) have also escalated dramatically.

By driving up the cost of flying out of Love Field, it was hoped that its relative attractiveness as an airport would be reduced (in the financial world, the "attractiveness" of an airport is determined by the the total cost of using it, rather than its physical beauty).

Paul
Paul

Personally, I liked the 1950's feel of the place.  Between the DFW Airport Board's shenanigans and EBJ conflict of interest, I hope that SWA really takes off (pun intended).

In the meantime, the DFW Airport Board subsidizes the capital for the expansions to suit AA.

As some one once said in the 50's: "Who wants to fly to Ft. Worth?"

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