In the post-Wright Amendment world, Dallas Love Field has a number of changes underway for holiday travel — changes the airport describes as new and exciting. Let us evaluate.
First: All airlines are now operating out of the new terminal. Drop-off and curbside check-in for all passengers is now on the upper roadway, in front of the ticketing/check-in on Herb Kelleher Way, formerly Cedar Springs Road. That's kind of exciting that they re-named it Herb Kelleher Way.
The new bag claim hall is now open. Pick-up for all arriving passengers is in front of baggage claim on the upper roadway of Herb Kelleher Way (you remember, the former Cedar Springs Road).
But parking or waiting at baggage claim will not be allowed. If you're picking up travelers, the airport recommends you use the cell phone lot to wait for a call from your arriving passenger(s) to be picked up at curbside.
Parking lot news
For the holiday season, Dallas Love Field added approximately 1,000 public parking spaces, for a total of more than 8,000 spaces adjacent to the terminal in parking garages A and B and the valet lot.
These include more than 500 additional spaces in valet parking at $24 per day, more than 100 additional spaces in garage A at $17 per day, and more than 300 additional spaces in garage B at $13 per day. Private parking companies near the airport have added 250 spaces.
DART and Love Field have re-branded their route 524 shuttle to and from the DART Inwood/Love Field station with the name "Love Link." The shuttle operates every day from approximately 5:30 am to 1 am.
They also have two re-branded bus stops on the lower level of the airport. "Love Helpers," whom we presume are staffers at the airport, can help you make the connection. For schedule and fare information, visit DART.org/LoveField.
The airport encourages travelers to use DART, taxis or ask friends for rides, due to the volume of vehicles during holidays.
Okay, this definitely qualifies as exciting: Pies and cakes are permitted through security checkpoints. Confetti! Sauces, jams, jellies, wines, and other liquid and food items must be in checked baggage. Although the airport reminds us that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations could change.
Carry-on items are limited to one small bag and one personal item (i.e., camera, laptop, briefcase, purse, etc.). And make sure all gifts are unwrapped for both carry-on and checked baggage.