Friday, August 31, 2007

A Not-So-International Incident at DFW

I finally got back to Austin around 11:15 this morning. I am pretty well spent at this point. My flight from Atlanta got off fine, but the flight from DFW to Austin was delayed and gate-switched three times. At least I got to see Terminal D, the new international terminal at DFW.

Terminal D definitely the nicest and most amenity-filled terminal at DFW. Several high-end retailers and restaurants like Reata Grill compete with standard fare like Starbucks and McDonald's. However, DFW is having to fill Terminal D's gate space with unexotic hops to Austin because significant additional international traffic hasn't materialized.

Between 9/11, Delta's 2005 closure of its DFW hub and Houston's preeminence as the second biggest Latin American gateway next to Miami, Terminal D still has a way to go before it can truly be called "international."

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