April 29, 2014

DFW adding high-end retailers to Terminal D

Coach, Mont Blanc and Michael Kors are being added as the airport diversifies its retail offerings to appeal to more international travelers.

Travelers looking to buy a Coach bag or a Mont Blanc pen will soon have the chance to shop at these upscale retailers at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

The airport’s concession committee approved leases for new stores at Terminal D for Coach, Mont Blanc and Michael Kors on Tuesday. The airport is trying to diversify its retail offerings as more international passengers connect through DFW.

“We are really raising the game in Terminal D, and with all the international expansion, this is really a great achievement,” airport Chief Executive Sean Donohue said.

The committee also approved spending $325,000 with a Chinese marketing firm, Hung & Kit, to promote American Airlines’ new flights between DFW and Shanghai and Hong Kong. The new flights start in June, and the airport has upgraded signs and kiosks to include Chinese-language information about the airport.

Construction of the airport’s new headquarters facility, called Southgate, near the rental-car facility on the southern edge of the airport, is making progress.

The committee approved a $21 million contract for the design and construction of the 137-bed Hyatt Place hotel, which will be part of the Southgate development. The airport will own the hotel and has contracted with another company to operate it in an agreement similar to the Grand Hyatt hotel at Terminal D.

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