Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News
Dallas Love Field's new terminal will open to passengers next week, but employees and the media got to see it this week.
Passengers at Dallas' Love Field Airport will soon be able to fly direct to new destinations for the first time in decades with the repeal of the Wright Amendment in 2014.
Wednesday, the airport unveiled its new look and gave media, tenants, airport and airline executives a preview of what the public will experience in just a few days.
Construction began on the new terminal in 2009. Tuesday, 11 new gates and dozens of new stores and restaurants will open.
It’s all part of a five-year facelift on the 58-year-old facility.
“It’s awesome. It’s just beautiful. We’re so happy to have this in Dallas, finally,” said Southwest Airlines employee Vickie Bagnall.
The airport may also look like a mini art gallery with seven works of art and a 60-foot mural. Nearly half of the collection comes from local artists.
“I just can’t believe how well it’s done. It’s beautiful,” said Southwest employee Nuneerah Hussein.
The airport hopes to make Love Field more competitive and travel-friendly for passengers. When the entire project is completed by Oct., 2014, there will be 20 gates at one concourse for Southwest, United and Delta.
Here’s a look at the new arrivals:
Concessions: Campisi's Pizza; Whataburger; Cool River (kitchen & restaurant); Dunkin Donuts; Moe's SW Grill; Manchu Wok; Dickey's BBQ; Texpress Gourmet; Sky Canyon; Cru Wine Bar; Baskin-Robbins; LaMadeleine; Cantina Laredo; Starbucks; Spectacles; West End News Creative Kidstuff; Travel & Leisure Travel Store; The Cowboy Store-Famous Boots; Hudson News; Billy Bob's Texas; Fire CZ; Tech On the Go; Soybu Bliss; D Magazine News and Texas Monthly.
Arriving in 2014: Brueggers Bagels; Chick-fil-A; Chili's Too; CNN Newstand; Desigual; Fair Park Texas; Starbucks; Paciugo Gelato; Jason's Deli and Mallasadi Men's Boutique.