Four construction companies have started working on a $1.5bn gateway expansion at Denver International Airport.
The project, part of the transport hub’s wider $3.5bn upgrade programme, will see capacity increase by 30% thanks to the installation of 39 new gates.
A joint venture between Holder Construction and FCI Constructors is managing the installation of 16 gates on the west side of the airport, with Turner Construction and Flatiron Construction overseeing the 23-gate expansion of the east concourses.
Commenting on the expansion, Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock said: “The airport has experienced a tremendous increase in passengers, setting yet another record over the past year with more than 61mn passengers.
“This is Colorado’s number one 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.”
The construction work on the new gates is expected to be complete by 2021.
Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day added: “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.”
Last year saw the airport welcome a record-breaking 61.4mn passengers, making it the fifth busiest in the US and 20th busiest in the world. It is an important connector airport, with 35% of traffic connecting onto another flight.
The graphic below shows where the new capacity will be added.