Denver Airport breaks ground on $1.5bn gate expansion project


Denver International Airport (DEN) has broken ground on the gate expansion project under which 39 new gates will be added to the airport by 2021.

The project involves addition of new gates to the end of each concourse, which will provide all DEN’s airlines an opportunity to grow and for the airport to accommodate new airlines, including international carriers.

All gates will be operational by spring 2021 with four gates opening on B-West by 2020.

While A-West location will have 12 new gates, B-West will have four gates, B-East will feature seven narrow-body gates and C-East location will have 16 gates.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said: “The airport has experienced a tremendous increase in passengers, setting yet another record over the past year with more than 61 million passengers.

“This is Colorado’s No.1 economic engine and we have worked hard to make it stronger by adding 11 new airlines, 13 new international destinations and 28 new domestic destinations since 2011.

“Today, the airport’s success is outgrowing the building and the enhanced capacity that comes with these new gates will allow for more flights, more destinations and more options for those travelling to and from Denver, all of which keeps Colorado’s economy strong.”

DEN CEO Kim Day said: “The new gates are one of several major projects in our $3.5bn five-year capital improvement programme that will prepare DEN for the future.

“We will not only increase capacity, but we will add more passenger amenities, including food and shopping, charging stations and even outdoor space where you can enjoy Colorado’s beautiful weather and scenery.”

The $1.5bn gate expansion project is being managed by two joint ventures – Holder Construction and FCI Constructors on Concourse B-East and Concourse C-East, and Turner Construction and Flatiron Construction on Concourse A-West and Concourse B-West.

HNTB Corp and Jacobs Engineering Group were appointed for architectural and design services for the project.

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