Officials at Denver International Airport officially unveiled four new gates in Concourse B on Friday as apart of the airport's expansion program.
These are the first four of 39 new gates that include amenities such as bathrooms, waiting areas and even an outdoor deck.
“We’re proud to celebrate the opening of the first four new gates in DEN’s Gate Expansion Program, especially as construction was able to safely continue this year, despite the pandemic, helping to keep about 1,200 people employed,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said in a news release.
Other new amenities that expand over 89,000 square feet on the west side of Concourse B, will offer new concessions to travelers, have upgraded way finding and digital signs and plenty of accessible outlets for travelers with a dying phone.
“The new gates on B-West provide a glimpse into the future of DEN’s concourses,” said DEN CEO Kim Day in the release.
“It won’t be too long before the expansion work is completed on each concourse and we complete upgrades throughout each concourse, enhancing the experience for all passengers to enjoy. We are proud to have achieved this milestone on time and on budget and would like to thank our airline partners for their continued commitment to DEN as well as our contractors for helping us build DEN’s future.”
All four new gates have already been leased to United Airlines, who will begin using them this weekend.
Aside from the amenities inside for travelers to take in, the expansion also reflects the city's commitment to sustainability as the first rooftop solar system at the airport is apart of this expansion. It is expected to generate around 100 kilowatt of electricity and should reduce energy use in the building by over 20%, according to the release.
The Gate Expansion Program that broke ground in 2018 will cost $1.5 billion and is apart of the airports five-year capital improvement program that is designed to exceed the needs of that was originally built to accommodate 50 million passengers each year, according to the release.
Last year, before the pandemic hit, 69 million passengers traveled through DIA, according to the media release.
The additional 35 gates are expected to be completed in 2022.