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First 4 gates of DIA expansion project open

The airport held a virtual ribbon cutting to open the new United gates which will be in use beginning Sunday.
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The virtual ribbon cutting was held Friday morning for the opening of the first four gates of the Gate Expansion Program at DIA.

DENVER — Denver International Airport celebrated the opening of the first four gates in its expansion program with a virtual ribbon cutting Friday morning due to COVID-19.

Through the Gate Expansion Program, an additional 39 new gates will be added across all three concourses at the airport. They'll increase gate capacity by 30% and improve passenger experience by adding new amenities, including three outdoor decks. 

Credit: DIA
A rendering of the outdoor patio

RELATED: United Airlines gets approval for 24 new gates, upgraded clubs at DIA

United Airlines has leased all of the new gates on Concourse B and A-West and will begin using the newly completed gates on B-West this weekend.

As of now, the project is on-time and on budget with the final gates expected to open in 2022.

Below is the breakdown of the location of the 39 gates:

  • A-West - 12 gates
  • B-West – 4 gates
  • B-East – 7 narrow-body gates
  • C- East – 16 gates

RELATED: Key part of DIA's Great Hall construction project to be cut back due to budget crunch

The airport's other major project which is a makeover for the Great Hall has been plagued with problems and is over budget and years behind schedule.

In October, DIA officials said they had to cut back on the remaining work on the Great Hall renovation in order to stay within the project's $770 million budget, DIA executives told City Council member. 

The airport will no longer be able to relocate both the north and south TSA screening checkpoints from Level 5 to Level 6, as was originally intended. Relocating the security checkpoints was a major piece of Phase Two of the project, aimed at reducing vulnerabilities associated with having the checkpoints on the lower level.

DIA originally entered into a $1.8 billion, 34-year public-private partnership with Great Hall Partners, a private-contractor consortium led by Spanish firm Ferrovial, to complete renovations to the Great Hall.

RELATED: One year ago, DIA went through an ‘unfortunate transition’ with Great Hall Partners. Where are they now?

The airport in Aug ust, 2019announced that it was terminating its contract with Great Hall Partners, LLC. That move came after months of disagreements between the sides about the cost, schedule, and safety. 

The project was temporarily halted over disagreements before a new contractor was selected to finish the remaining work.

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