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

The “5 Things We Love About…” series on 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.

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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)