It’s been a busy week for air travel, particularly for American Airlines.
This week the airline announced plans for a sixth terminal at the busy Dallas – Fort Worth hub airport. The new terminal, Terminal F, is slated to open as soon as 2025, and it could hold up to 24 gates as demand for additional facilities is warranted. The airport also plans to enhance Terminal C; between those updates and the new terminal, the project is estimated to represent a $3 to $3.5 billion investment.
In other news from American Airlines, this week the airline eliminated oversize bag fees for common sports and music equipment. Customers will be able to check common oversize and sports and music equipment as standard baggage, except for oversized items with special handling requirements, such as antlers, hang gliders, scuba tanks and kite/windsurfing items, which will still be subject to a $150 fee. Sports and music equipment checked as luggage will still count toward the passenger’s luggage allotment, American said.
In flight news, this week Virgin Atlantic announced plans to resume its service to Mumbai after four years. The new daily route from London Heathrow will launch this October, doubling the airline’s available services to India. Virgin Atlantic said it will operate the flights on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Finally, this week Delta opened its new Delta Sky Club lounge at Austin – Bergstrom International Airport. The new lounge is on the mezzanine level of the Barbara Jordan Terminal, and it offers guests access to a covered sky deck, a full-service bar, local beer, high-speed Wi-Fi and power outlets and nearly every seat, and art from local Austin artists.