Denver International Airport says the dramatic air-travel slowdown during the coronavirus pandemic provides the perfect opportunity to accelerate long-planned refurbishment work on all three of its concourses.
The Denver City Council signed off Monday on airport officials’ proposal to spend up to $560 million more on DIA’s existing concourse expansion projects. The $1.5 billion program, underway since 2018, is adding 39 gates.
DIA says the additional work will include customization of those new gates and the building of nearby offices for United and Southwest airlines, which signed leases for most of them earlier this year. Other work includes potential upgrades of restrooms, moving walkways, ramps and outdoor gate-apron areas that have aged since the airport’s 1995 opening.
That refurbishment work had been planned for several years out, but now DIA officials are considering putting those tasks on the same track as the new gates, which are pegged for completion by early 2022.
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