Travelers going through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport this summer can expect some changes, including a deal on express parking, more free Wi-Fi and phone charging stations and new shops and restaurants.
And lots and lots of people.
Along with issuing its summer travel forecast for 2015 — a record 18 million passengers are expected this vacation season, up from 17 million in 2014 — airport officials on Thursday showcased a range of new services and facilities.
Garage parking is easier
Space-scouting at terminals A and D isn’t nearly as futile as it once was.
Signs at entrances and at row intersections display how many spaces are open and where to find them. If they’re all taken, a big red X suggests not bothering. If there are vacancies, the directions to them are in green.
Each space is marked with an overhead light — red for occupied, green for available. It beats crawling by each one to see if it’s really open or hiding a tiny car.
Drivers who use handicap spaces can follow dedicated green lights to those as well.
The new Terminal A parking structure, already partially open, is scheduled for completion this summer. It will have 7,700 spaces, making it among Texas’ biggest parking decks.
From now through Aug. 31, the airport’s on-site Express Parking, north and south, is offering seven days for $55, less than $8 a day. The usual rate is $11 a day in the open, $13 a day covered, which is available at Express North.
Express Parking comes with passenger pickup at your car, dropoff at your terminal, luggage help, bottled water and newspapers.
Taking a DART train
DART’s Orange Line reached D/FW Airport last August, making 2015 the first full summer with direct connections from downtown.
The airport station is at Terminal A. Hop a shuttle or Skylink if you’re headed to a different terminal.
Free connections, more shops
Free Wi-Fi in the terminals has become a staple. The airport also has boosted mobile phone coverage in the terminals and installed more recharging ports.
The airport has added eight new shops and restaurants in terminals A and B. The five terminals, A through E, also have 28 ATMs.
Happy (or unhappy) travelers
Airport managers are calling their customer engagement effort “Sunny Service Days.”
Workers will monitor social media for how things are going and try to respond quickly.
To jump in, use #DFWSummer.
Happy birthday to Terminal D
Terminal D, the airport’s newest, covers 2 million square feet and serves 55 international destinations as well as domestic cities. It opened July 23, 2005.
Skylink also had a birthday this year, its 10th. D/FW bills it as “the world’s largest automated airport bi-directional train system.” More than 141 million have ridden it.
July 1 is the 10th anniversary of the Grand Hyatt DFW, the hotel attached to Terminal D.