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United Airlines is looking to go bigger In Denver, they are looking to expand their Denver hub operations. The Denver International Airport carrier wants a larger slice of the pie.
Like, much larger.
DIA is currently in the middle of a $1.5 billion expansion project to add 39 additional gates, and United Airlines wants more than 60 percent of them.
According to the Denver Post. UA is asking the Denver City Council to approve an amendment to its lease that would grant it rights to 24 more gates at DIA. United’s amendment is scheduled to be considered by the City Council on Wednesday, January 8.
“The expansion is really driven from the fact that over the last several years United has embraced a midcontinent growth strategy,” Steve Jaquith, a vice president with United who runs its Denver hub, told the Post. “Denver is the fastest-growing hub in our network and most successful hub in our network. Geographically, we are very well positioned.”
United currently handles 66 gates in Denver, and 44% of the passenger traffic at the airport. Jaquith told the Post that gaining approval for the additional 24 gates would mean departures jump from 500 per day now to as much as 700 daily by 2025.
There is more.
Southwest Airlines said last year that it would like to add 16 new gates to DIA, both Southwest and Frontier Airlines is also believed to be seeking more gates at DIA.
The math does not add up, there will be 39 news gates when completed, United wanting 26, Southwest wanting 16, Frontier has not made a request for their number of gates.
“We are currently in active use and lease negotiations with other airlines but cannot confirm yet when these will be finalized,” DIA spokeswoman Emily Williams wrote in an email to the Denver Post.
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