FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) began a free
terminal-to-terminal shuttle van service last month to answer what
it said has been one of its passengers' most frequent questions:
What are their options if they park at one terminal and fly back to
a different one?
Previously, those travelers had to ride the airport's AirTran
train, take a long walk or call someone for a ride. But the new
Terminal Link shuttle service -available curbside on the
upper-level roadways outside of baggage claim -- provides a more
convenient, quicker option, airport officials said.
That's because the shuttle provides direct service from one
terminal to another, bypassing the other two terminals at the
four-terminal airport. That replaces what Joe Lopano, the airport's
executive vice president of marketing, described as a traveler's
"ambling, scenic tour of DFW" to get to another terminal via the
DFW also is touting Terminal Link as "ideal" for connecting
passengers who are not flying American Airlines.
Meanwhile, American passengers should continue to use the
airline's own service, called "TrAAin."
All airport passengers, guests and employees can use the new
Terminal Link service. No ticket or pass is needed.
The vans run at five- to seven-minute intervals between 6 a.m.
and 10 p.m. Reduced, on-call service is available between 10 p.m.
and 6 a.m. by calling (972) 574-LINK.
Travelers should board the van that displays the destination
terminal they want on the front and side of the vehicle.
The shuttle pickup and dropoff spots will be in two locations
for each terminal. They are as follows:
• Terminal A between A22 and A24 and between A12 and A15.
• Terminal B at B9 and between B23 and B25.
• Terminal C between C10 and C21 and at C31.
• Terminal E between E6 and E7 and at E31.
The launch of Terminal Link marks the beginning of the end for
the AirTran train, which airport officials said will be closing
down in the "coming months."
Another transition will come in 2005, when the airport is
scheduled to open SkyLink along with the new international terminal
SkyLink will have five miles of track and begin service with 64
train cars, expanding to 114. SkyLink will serve passengers on the
security-screened side of the airport, while Terminal Link will
continue to serve guests on the public side.
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