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New gates, new food at DFW Airport’s renovated Terminal E

Passengers traveling in and out of DFW Airport’s Terminal E have new eats and new seats.

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport officials unveiled the last section of newly renovated gates at Terminal E on Wednesday, marking the completion of four years of work on passenger gates, concessions, check-in areas and baggage claims. It’s the second of the airport’s four old terminals to be completed as part of the airport’s ongoing makeover.

“Thirty-six passenger gates at Terminal E were taken down to their concrete framework and rebuilt into the modern and efficient space you see today,” said Khaled Naja, DFW’s executive vice president of infrastructure and development.

DFW spent $678.2 million renovating the 1.2 million-square-foot terminal, plus $156.4 million on a new parking garage adjacent to the terminal. The number of parking spaces at Terminal E increased to 5,941 from 4,036 with the new garage.

The airport replaced old tile floors with smooth terrazzo and added more signs to direct passengers around the terminal.

“It is now so much easier for customers to locate the concessionaires and services they need,” Naja said. The new terminal has concessions including Chick-Fil-A, Tim Love’s Love Shack, Camille’s Ice Cream Bars and Marshall-Rousso retailer.

About nine million passengers travel through Terminal E each year, flying on United Airlines, Jet Blue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Air Canada, Spirit Airlines and American Airlines.

Naja said renovations at Terminal B should be completed in the next six months. With Terminal A and Terminal E now completed, the airport is another step closer to finishing the $2.7 billion terminal renewal program.

However, plans to renovate Terminal C, which was originally supposed to be renovated as part of the project, have been placed on hold as the airport evaluates possibly building a sixth terminal.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk