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Dallas/Fort Worth International will get a sixth passenger terminal, part of an agreement with the airport’s fast-growing top tenant: American Airlines.

The new “Terminal F” would be built on land south of DFW’s existing Terminal D and follows years of strong traffic growth at DFW, now the USA’s fourth-busiest as measured by passengers.

Earlier this year, American and DFW opened 15 new gates in a renovated satellite area of Terminal E.  The Dallas Morning News writes that opening came as the airport was “already busting at the seams.” (DFW terminal map)

For now, DFW officials touted the new terminal as essential for continued growth.

“Today’s announcement sets the stage for DFW Airport’s next 50 years,” DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue says in a Monday statement. “The new Terminal F and the expansion that could follow will provide the region with the growth it needs to compete with international business centers.”

The agreement for the new terminal also is expected to keep American in growth mode at DFW, which is already the carrier’s busiest hub.

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This image shows where a planned ‘Terminal F’ would go at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (Photo: Courtesy of DFW Airport)

 

“The plans we’re announcing today will allow for the continued growth of DFW and ensure the airport remains a premier gateway for American for many more years to come,” Parker says in a statement, calling DFW “a central gateway to our extensive international and domestic network.”

The project, which also includes “enhancements” to DFW’s Terminal C, is valued at up to $3.5 billion, according to DFW and American. Terminal F could be completed “as soon as 2025,” though design work is just now beginning.

Design work for Terminal F would begin “immediately,” with American and DFW saying they “will explore several different options for the layout of the Terminal F site.”

It was not clear how many gates would be added upon completion, though the joint release identified “a long-term projection of up to 24 gates, as demand for additional facilities is warranted.”

Whatever design is chosen, it may deviate from the layout of DFW’s other terminals, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The newspaper writes: “Previously, airport officials have said Terminal F likely won’t be the same horseshoe shape of the other five terminals, and likely won’t include a parking garage because of travelers’ changing needs.”

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