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DFW Hits Airport Milestone; Love Field Fights Back with Redo

Grant Wickes

The winds of change are blowing through North Texas airports. DFW will join an elite group of air travel hubs this year: those who fly to 200 destinations. And Love Field's about to hit a milestone of its own: opening 12 new gates.

DFW is adding routes to Charleston, W.Va., and two cities in Mexico, which means DFW will hit the 200 mark before year's end, a spokesperson says. Only six other airports in the world can claim that: Atlanta , Chicago, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and Munich.

Over at Love Field, the first 12 of 20 new gates will open on the North Concourse next month.

And if you’ve been by recently, you've probably noticed more than just traditional construction going on. Installation of public art is in full swing. A Brazilian glass and ceramic tile mosaic will finish up next week. Love Field's modernization plans are set to wrap up in 2014 when the Wright Amendment's domestic flight restrictions are repealed and Southwest can fly nonstops anywhere.

Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.