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

Your first look at the new-look terminal at Love Field
Your first look at the new-look terminal at Love Field
Photos by Brantley Hargrove

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:

The new drop-off at Love
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.

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

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