U.S. air carrier American Airlines this month announces plans to build a new $100 million larger catering kitchen at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to allow the carrier to better serve customers at its largest hub.
Construction on the new kitchen will begin in January 2020 and is expected to be completed by mid-2021. The new facility will replace the existing catering kitchen, which was built in 1982 and is too small to support the airport’s growing operation.
“In addition to more space, the new kitchen will provide updated equipment and efficiencies to improve our catering operation, which improves our reliability and provides a better experience for our customers,” says Cedric Rockamore, American’s vice president of DFW hub operations.
The kitchen will continue to be staffed and operated by LSG Sky Chefs, the airport’s largest catering vendor. American says the DFW catering kitchen will support the carrier’s expanded service at DFW, including four new gates and customer areas located on the southeast corner of Terminal D that are set to open in 2022.
This year alone, American has already added 15 more gates and increased the amount of flying to 900 daily departures at DFW. The airline also introduced a Flagship Lounge to serve premium customers traveling to international destinations.