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December 24, 2013

No. 8 Renovated section of Terminal A reopens at DFW Airport

Terminal AThere's no more clickety-clack of luggage wheels in the newly renovated part of Terminal A at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

The airport opened up the first renovated section of its $2.3 billion terminal renovation program in March, showing North Texas travelers what DFW's almost 40-year-old terminals will look after their makeover.

Gates A8 through A16 now feature higher ceilings, larger windows and a sleek terrazzo floor that replaces the old ceramic tiles. The parking garage, which was also rebuilt, has green lights that signal drivers to open spaces.

"This is really a special day, an important day in our history," said then airport chief executive Jeff Fegan said. "This work involved a tremendous amount of planning and preparation."

The security check point was also enlarged to 9,000 square feet to give passengers more room to repack carry-on bags after moving through the security screening process.

The airport is in the middle of a seven-year program to renovate terminals A, B, C, and E, all which opened in 1974. The project involves stripping down the terminals to its concrete structure and installing new electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems that will make the terminals 30 percent more energy-efficient.

-Andrea Ahles

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