Center cross section
Grand Hyatt DFW
For all the grand talk about Terminal D:
It's big as Texas.
It's a gateway to the world.
It globalizes the image of the Metroplex.
Its designers say their goal never wavered: It has to be easy to use.
Embedded in its 12,500 tons of steel and 1.84 billion pounds of concrete is the basic idea of combining the customer-friendly configuration of the existing D/FW terminals with international trends toward open spaces, high ceilings, natural lighting and extra amenities.
"Early on, we described 'transport city,' a self-sufficient city in itself," says Wesley Wong, vice president of aviation with architects HKS. "It had food and drink. You need a hotel where you could sleep. It had conference facilities to meet in. When you flew in, you never had to leave."
Theoretically, a passenger can live, work and play within this one area.
Terminal D differs from D/FW Airport's customary C-shaped terminal to improve line of sight and add open space. Customs processing in Terminals A, B and E have been consolidated in Terminal D's centralized international level. The Customs hall can process up to 2,800 passengers per hour. The terminal gates can be configured to hold up to 40 gates using gate extensions, or "stingers," away from the main terminal gatehouses.
A Straight Shot
From the parking garage, the path of the customer is a straight line through ticketing, security (in the center of the ticketing hall), through concessions and on to the gates. North and south areas of the terminal are mirror images, with very similar services. Exterior and interior walls are glass where possible, making the Skylink people mover and international in-transit lounge visible from ticketing halls.
Diverse shops are consolidated at two strategic terminal locations. Stand-alone concessions are offered where gates are more than 300 feet from a village. Shops feature a mix of international and Texas themes. Seventy-seven percent of vendors are locally owned.
Note: Terminal D will open with 28 gates, but numbering reflects the terminal's future 40-gate capacity.
Terminal D has five levels: Skylink, Customs, Concourse, Baggage and Service. The service areas are segregated from passenger areas to minimize traffic. Areas for processing international passengers are on a separate level from the domestic Concourse level. The 298-room Grand Hyatt DFW is the world's first Grand Hyatt at an airport. Its restaurant, lounge and other amenities are outside security and open to non-ticketed persons.
American Gates D18-D40
American Eagle Gates D6-D20
Grupo Taca Gates D38, D40
Lufthansa Gate D17
British Airways Gate D16
Korean Air Gate D11
Aeromexico Gates D6-D17
Mexicana Gates D6-D17v Air Canada Jazz Gates D6-D17
Domestic flights are an integral part of Terminal D operations. Departing and arriving domestic passengers remain on the Concourse level. This level is "in the U.S."
1. Ticket Hall: Departing passengers enter here. This area is "landside" and open to non-ticketed persons.
2. Security: All ticketed passengers are screened at federal checkpoints.
3. Concessions Villages: Retail and food services.
4. Gatehouses, Level 1: Access to and from planes. Departing domestic passengers exit to Concessions Villages. Departing international passengers go upstairs to Customs processing.
5. Exit to domestic baggage claim.
All international travel requiring processing is now in Terminal D. International passengers are segregated from domestic passengers during processing. Passengers in the Customs Corridor are considered "on international soil."
1. Gatehouses, Level 2: Arriving international passengers will immediately go upstairs.
The international terminal, scheduled to open a week from today, speaks with a global voice and a welcoming Texas twang to put travelers at ease.
The terminal opens with international flights July 6. It took 12,500 tons of steel and 920,000 tons of concrete to construct -- enough concrete for a sidewalk going from D/FW to beyond Montreal.
Terminal D was built during the most volatile time in aviation history. Under its graceful, glassy skin, it's a steel-reinforced behemoth, augmented with almost $80 million in security features.