Denver International looking for increased expansion
Denver International Airport (DIA) has long proposed an expansion. As late as this August, 2017, the expansion called for a total of 26 additional gates. As of the last week of October, the airport is now calling for a US$1.5 billion expansion, with 39 additional gates. The new gate expansion approaches the already approved expansion, with an approved $1.8 billion public-private partnership.
A spokeswoman for the airport states that the greatly increased gate number is due to greater demand, with new flight routes and new airlines.
These 39 gates are expected to be added across its three concourses, with a completion date of 2021.
In 2016, the airport serviced 58.3 million passengers. The airport, which was built in 1990, is currently meant to accommodate 50 million PAX. The new projects will allow a capacity of 80 million PAX. The original airport was built with expansion in mind, making the project less costly than might be the case at other airports, and making a complete rebuild unnecessary.
The need for new gates is not denied, with growth currently sitting at nearly 7% and expected to continue at a high rate.
Along with the new expansion will undoubtedly be more concession space available. Already the airport is scheduled to open 17 new shops and restaurants by 2018.