16 New Southwest Airlines Doors Open at DIA Concourse C

Southwest Airlines will use the new gates, while the airport is planning expansions in Concourses D and E.

DENVER — Denver Airport just got bigger.

Denver International Airport (DIA) and Southwest Airlines are opening 16 new gates in Concourse C with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.

As part of DIA’s gate expansion program which began in 2018, the new gates bring the total number of gates at the airport to 156.

The new 530,000 square foot area at the east end of Concourse C near Gates C63 through C67 is the largest space commissioned by DIA since the Westin Hotel and Transit Center opened in 2015.

The gates are leased by Southwest Airlines, which will begin operating from them in early June.

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In May 2018, DIA launched a project to add 39 gates to the airport by 2022 for $2.3 billion, with the gates to be added to the ends of each concourse.

“We’re looking at reaching 100 million passengers a year within 10 years, so these gates are critical for our airline partners to achieve that kind of capacity,” said Jim Starling, executive vice president of DIA. building and infrastructure.

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