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April 30, 2013

DFW Airport plans to lower landing fees by $9 million

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport plans to lower its landing fees for airlines as the airport has $13.5 million in revenues more than it had projected for its annual budget.

On Tuesday, airport staff told board members that it expects to reduce the landing fees by $9 million for June through September. Fees would drop by 69 cents to $2.36 per 1,000 pounds of maximum gross landing weight of an aircraft.

About $4.5 million of the additional revenues came from one-time rental and land impact fees from the Dallas Rapid Transit Authority for the construction of the rail line into Terminal A.

With the extra revenues, the airport’s finance committee approved five projects that cost $3.6 million, including the demolition of a building that was formerly used by Sky Chefs. The demolition will cost $1.8 million and had been trimmed from the budget last summer.

Other projects include demolishing guideways and structures related to the airport’s old Airtrans people mover system and pavement repairs to International Parkway and service roads.

The board also received a briefing about the TEX Rail project that would bring rail service from Fort Worth into the airport’s north entrance.

Airport vice president of commercial development John Terrell said there will be two stations on the airport’s property, one in Grapevine and then one at the B terminal. Although the project is still in the planning stages, Terrell said he expects to have a binding agreement with the T Board for the rail project with the hope it will open by 2016.

The DART station is expected to open its rail line into the airport in 2014.

-Andrea Ahles

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