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This week, united airlines announced a strip of expansions at its center at Denver International Airport. The expansion includes more flights, new routes and gates, additional planes and clubs.
When completed, the new services will mark the airline’s largest presence in Denver to date.
Denver is on the rise
Spurred by Denver’s growing popularity, United’s expansion is essential if the airline is to meet demand in the city.
Denver’s population is not only booming, but its residents are also eager for new domestic and international destinations.
The city’s large number of millennials combined with the growth of hybrid work means United need to up their game in Denver.
United CEO Scott Kirby explained the connection.
“Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and as the Mile High City’s busiest airline, it is essential that we maintain the most modern infrastructure and fleet to support our local employees and customers and provide great experience. Our expansion into Denver will allow us to further connect our customers to destinations around the world and revitalize our airport presence with modern, customer-friendly offerings.”
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Denver and United have become so connected that the city’s mayor declared May 23rd as ‘United Airlines Day’ in response to this announcement.
With more than 10,000 local employees, United has become Denver’s largest private employer and will hire more than 2,300 this year.
United adds more flights and new routes from its hub
United is launching 35 new flights at Denver International Airport; this includes new destinations and increased service to already popular destinations.
Early morning departures and late night arrivals will double. Destinations including Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego and Seattle will see increased service.
The new flights will mark a milestone for the airline and ensure that it remains the dominant airline at DIA. With more than 60,000 outbound seats leaving the city, more than 150 destinations and 450 daily departures, United utterly dominates the competition in Denver.
Six new routes will be added this fall to serve the city, which is good news for travelers looking for more options both at home and abroad. New Denver routes will include:
- Montego Bay, Jamaica: Service Begins November 4he
- San Juan, Puerto Rico: Service begins October 29he
- Dayton, Ohio: Service begins September 29he
- Greensboro, North Carolina: Service begins September 29he
- Lexington, Kentucky: Service begins September 29he
- Asheville, North Carolina: Service begins September 29he
Notably, four of these destinations are currently not served by any airline in Denver. San Juan, Dayton, Greensboro, and Lexington currently do not have direct flights from the airport.
The new connections will open up travel options for travelers to these underserved destinations.
More gates for United and New Clubs at Denver airport
All these new planes are going to need a place to park, right? To manage the anticipated influx of passengers and flights, United will add 12 new gates over the course of the next year.
The new gates will be located in concourses A and B, bringing United’s total number of gates at the DEN to 90.
Concourses A and B will also house several new United Clubs. A new club is scheduled to land in Concourse A, while Concourse B will see the reopening of two recently revamped clubs, including the world’s largest United Club.
All three clubs will have two floors, Colorado-inspired design, free high-speed WiFi and auto-scanning front doors. Upon completion, the footprint of United Club locations at Denver Airport will exceed 100,000 square feet.
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