Saying goodbye. Coming home. The airport is more than just a venue for travelers. It encompasses all emotions. Its a meeting place for business, family, friends. Its an active ecosystem with people from different cultures, backgrounds and countries, co-existing on their voyages. And an airport needs to be able to capture the needs of that ecosystem within the walls of the terminal.
When the 2.1 million-square-foot, $1.16 billion DFW International Airport Terminal D opened in late July 2005, it was one of the first major new terminals to open post 9-11. Passengers dont see the extra structural reinforcements built to meet post 9-11 specifications. Instead, they continue to experience a passenger-oriented environment, integrated with retail in both secured and non-secured areas, designed to immediately familiarize passengers with a sense of place.