Discovery of hidden asbestos complicates DFW terminal renovations
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The finding of more asbestos in Terminal B than expected, and the pending merger of US Airways and the airport’s largest tenant, American Airlines, is causing construction delays on a $2.3 billion Dallas/Fort Worth Airport terminal renovation. The airport staff issued an order recently to stop work on the ticketing area under construction in Terminal A because of a “lack of precision on proposed changes from American.”
Despite these setbacks, a completion of a portion of the project earlier this year illustrates the benefits to come. The first renovated portion of Terminal A, which features improved facilities for parking, ticketing, security and concessions, opened in March. The improvements include enhanced check-in and ticketing, and redesigned services for premium passengers, the first such installation anywhere for American. The seven-year project to redo the airport’s original four terminals involves all new electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. The upgrades are expected to make the terminals 30% more energy-efficient.