While some airports scale back or postpone construction projects, Dallas Love Field is preparing to modernize its 20-gate facility starting in June with the help of Southwest Airlines.
Dallas-based Southwest will finance the city-council approved plan to demolish and replace three concourses with a singular, T-shaped concourse, says Dan Weber, director of aviation for the city of Dallas.
The airport's primary tenant will manage construction while the city will use rent from airline tenants to service the debt, he adds.
Southwest will relocate corporate operations--ground equipment, maintenance and training--as the north concourse will be demolished first. Tear-down dates have not been set for east and west concourses, but construction of the new concourse is unlikely until 2010, Weber says.
"This is all tentative. Current plans [are] still being refined," he says.
Use of the new concourses is expected to begin in 2011, with all operations consolidated in the new facility in 2013.
Construction management firms are being lined up and the city is preparing to apply for federal funding from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The city will also allocate some of its $3 passenger facility charges (PFC) for the project.
Per the repeal of rules limiting service at the airport--the Wright Amendment--the airport will maintain capped at 20 gates.