In a move to accommodate a double-digit growth in passengers, as well as the addition of several new flight routes, work could begin next year on a long-planned upgrading and expansion of the Denver International Airport.
The estimated $1.5 billion project will see the addition of 39 gates to be built over a period of three years.
According to plans approved last month by members of the Denver City Council, twelve new gates are set for construction at the airport’s Concourse A; four at Concourse B; and ten at Concourse C.
Those gates, in keeping with DIA’s original expansion plans, will be built to the east and west side of the airport.
The airport, which is the sixth largest of its kind in the nation in terms of passengers, currently has 107 operating gates.
Opened in 1995 at a cost of $3.2 billion, the Denver airport was designed to serve, at the most, 50 million passengers. That number, according to City of Denver statistics, is now up to 58 million, and is expected to surpass the 80 million mark in the next decade.
That future growth will not only be due to the airport’s centralized location in the West, but also its addition of new routes: it has, this year, announced flights direct to both London and Paris.
The $1.5 billion work will also include $300 million to improve taxiways and other airside facilities and $100 million to upgrade the extensive real estate around the airport.
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