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United Airlines Announces Major Expansion at Denver International Airport

United Airlines celebrated the Denver City Council’s decision to approve the lease of 24 additional gates at Denver International Airport on Friday. The new gates will allow the airline to grow from 500 to up to 700 daily flights by 2025.

United Boeing 787 Dreamliner at DEN - Courtesy United Airlines

At a joint even on Friday hosted in partnership with Denver International Airport (DEN) authorities, United Airlines celebrated the Denver City Council’s recent decision to lease 24 additional gates to the carrier. United CEO Oscar Munoz joined Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to sign the amended lease agreement which will allow the airline to increase daily departures from their Denver hub from 500 to up to 700 by 2025. The expansion will include existing and newly constructed gates as part of DEN’s $1.5B expansion. In Friday’s announcement, United Airlines’ CEO, Oscar Munoz said,

“Just over twenty years ago I moved to Denver with what was then my young, growing family. Ever since, wherever I’ve lived, I continue to feel great pride at how the Mile High City seems to reach even greater heights, as well as the role United’s service plays in driving the regions success. These additional gates will take the starring role Denver plays in our growth strategy to a new level. It will mean more seats, more connections and more destinations as Denver continues to extend the global reach of its businesses and communities. The growth complements the investments we make in key infrastructure, such as the Western Hemisphere’s largest flight training center at DEN, and in local communities; because Denver is not just a hub, it feels like home for so many of us in the United family.”

Over the last five years, United has added more than 100 flights and nearly 40 new markets from Denver and has outperformed its top competitor in on time performance, despite operating twice as many flights. United has also expanded their international offerings from DEN including service to London, Frankfurt and Tokyo. Starting in June, the carrier will deploy a larger Boeing 787-9 on these routes, adding around 100 additional seats each way between Denver and these popular international gateways. Also commenting on today’s announcement, Denver’s Mayor, Michael B. Hancock said,

“United Airlines is a vital partner for Denver International Airport, and we’re proud they are continuing to invest and grow right here in Denver. As United increases daily flights and continues to add routes, they are creating economic opportunities that benefit the entire community.”

With the expansion announced today, in the coming years United will add more than 1,000 new jobs in Denver, joining over 7,000 professionals who currently work at the hub. United's new gates will be located in concourses A and B and offer more mainline and regional travel opportunities for guests. Additionally, the carrier will expand United Clubs and open a new club on concourse A. United Airlines has operated from Denver for over 80 years and currently offers around 500 daily flights to more than 170 destinations worldwide. Denver is also home to United’s Flight Training Center, where more than 12,000 pilots train every year.

Source: United Airlines


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