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DFW: 5 Things We Love About Dallas Fort Worth Int’l Airport

The “5 Things We Love About…” series on StuckatTheAirport.com celebrates features and amenities at airports around the world.

This installment of “5 Things We Love About…” lands at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), which sprawls out over almost 27 acres, with 7 runways and 164 gates.

1. The DFW Skylink

Skylink is the elevated train that connects all 5 terminals at DFW airport. Tracks run above and outside of the terminals, with a train pulling into terminal stations every 2-to-3 minutes. An 18-minute round-trip offers great views of the airfield throughout the airport.

Here are some more details about the Skylink system, shared when the system celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015.

2. Founders’ Plaza

Dedicated in 1995, DFW’s Founders’ Plaza is an Observation Area and park near the airport offering great views of aircraft taking off and landing.

The park plaza has parking, picnic tables, telescopes, historic information, a commemorative monument and a radio broadcasting air traffic control communications from the FAA tower. Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

3. Gameway

Yes, DFW has a yoga studio. And a team of therapy dogs (DFW’s K9 Crew). But many people find relaxation in playing video games.

Luckily, DFW is home to 2 Gameway centers (at Gates E16 & B32) with a total of 36 gaming stations. Each station has a Playstation 4 Pro pre-loaded with games, a leather chair, 43″ 4K TV, noise-cancelling headphones, charging ports for your electronic devices and space to store your luggage. 

Pricing includes an option for unlimited play, which for some will be a perfect match for long layovers and delays.

4. Shopping at DFW

Big airports have lots of shopping options and DFW is no exception.

In December 2017, DFW Airport opened the largest duty-free store in the Americas. Over the years, we’ve scored plenty of charming and quirky Texas-themed souvenirs in shops throughout DFW as well.

5. Art at DFW Airport

DFW’s has a great art collection with more than 30 pieces of commissioned work including sculpture, paintings, mosaics and more. Many of the pieces are in International Terminal D and in the Skylink stations.

Did we miss a favorite amenity that you love at DFW airport? Add a note about in the comment section.

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Airports in the “5 Things We Love About …” series. So Far.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT)

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Now open at DFW Airport: Gameway gaming zones

Today is the grand opening of the Gameway video game entertainment lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

There are two locations: E16 with 22 stations and B42 with 14 stations. Each station has it’s own Xbox with 19 games predownloaded, a 4K TV, noise cancelling headphones and a place to charge your phone and tablet.

It is not free: the charge is $.42/minute or, for this summer, $20 for unlimited gaming, which seems like a great deal if you’re a gamer and you have a long layover. Or don’t mind if you miss a flight….

If you’re in DFW Monday July 2 from 10-11:30am, swing by Terminal E, Gate 16 where Gameway will be celebrating its opening with several gaming characters dressed up like the iconic Halo, the 8 foot metal giant “Reinhardt” and more.

DFW gets first post-security 7-Eleven

DFW 7-Eleven SNACK BOX

The first 7‑Eleven store located post-security in a U.S. airport terminal opened in late October at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW).

Open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Terminal A, near Gate 25, the shop has all the usual 7-Eleven offerings as well as a special value-priced “snack pack” exclusive to the store containing a small bag of multi-grain pita chips, white cheddar cheese and salami sticks, a pouch of pitted green olives, a dried-fruit blend, thin chocolate cookies, Gummi bears and a butter mint.

While this is the first post-security 7-Eleven at a U.S. airport, it is not the first 7-Eleven convenience store in an airport.

There are pre-security 7-Eleven shops at Vancouver International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport and one at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX Airport.

DFW statement on shooting inside the airport

Here’s the text of the statement sent out by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Friday evening about the shooting that took place inside Terminal C:

DFW Airport Department of Public Safety is investigating a shooting incident that took place inside the Airport’s Terminal C at about 5:00PM this evening.

The shooting involved one of two law enforcement agency officers from the Tulsa County (Oklahoma) Sheriff’s Department who were transporting a prisoner through DFW Airport. The prisoner got into an altercation with one of the officers inside a restroom in Terminal C, with two shots fired from the officer’s service weapon.

The suspect then fled the restroom and ran from the departure area of the terminal to the public side, a distance of about 100 feet before being apprehended by the Tulsa County officers near the C-10 checkpoint.

Both the injured officer and the wounded prisoner were transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for treatment of injuries. The second officer assisting with the prisoner transfer also went to the hospital to continue the transport detail.

No one else was injured.

Flight operations at the Airport have been minimally affected. Several arriving flights scheduled to arrive in nearby gates were sent to other gates at DFW. Departures were not impacted.

The restroom at Gate C-8 where the shooting occurred and the public area around the C-10 checkpoint where the suspect was apprehended remain closed for investigation. The checkpoint will reopen tomorrow morning.

No gates are affected.

USO for John Wayne Airport +Veteran’s Day at DFW

John-Wayne-Statue

On Monday, Nov 10 – just in time for Veteran’s Day – John Wayne Orange County Airport (JWA) celebrates the opening of a new USO Center.

Located in the Airport’s Terminal B, next to the baggage claim area on the Arrivals Level, the center will be staffed by volunteers and offer a canteen, movies, travel assistance and Wi-Fi. It will be open on a complimentary basis to active and reserve members and their dependents as well as military retirees on a space available basis.

USO JOHN WAYNE

The USO Center at John Wayne Airport will be operated by Bob Hope USO, which also operates the USO centers at LAX, Ontario International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport.  A listing of other airport (and other) USO Centers can be found here.

DFW Founders Plaza

On November 7, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport dedicated two new displays at the Founders Plaza airport observation area to honor the hundreds of local corporate, business and community organizations and the thousands of volunteers who took part in the “Welcome Home A Hero” program that greeted incoming troops at DFW from 2004 through 2012.

The new exhibits include a commemorative center detailing the accomplishments of the volunteer greeter program, expanded information about DFW Airport, and an fountain recreating the Airport’s “shower of affection” water cannon salutes over incoming aircraft.