by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 27, 2017
As reported in the Denver Post, Denver International Airport is planning to add 39 new gates across its three concourses, at a cost of $1.5 billion. This is in addiction to the $1.8 billion rejuvenation project announced last August for the main Jeppeson Terminal; that contract for the Great Hall project was awarded to a public-private partnership, and as much as $770 million is expected to be spent on that redesign and construction.

A spokesperson told the newspaper that the addition of new airlines and flights is pushing the gate expansion forward. Another spokesperson told M&C formal announcements from the airport are expected after the Denver City Council gives its approval to the gate increase.

The need can be seen in the numbers. A DIA report showed July and August were the busiest months in Denver aviation history, and August marked the 24th consecutive month of record year-over-year passenger traffic increases at the airport. A total of 5,839,661 passengers traveled through DIA this past July, an increase of nearly 6.7 percent over the 5,474,503 passengers in July 2016, and 5,727,326 passengers flew through DIA in August, 6.1 percent more than the previous August.

The work on the 22-year-old Jeppeson Terminal aims to enhance the security of the terminal by removing the current exposed checkpoints; increase the amount of people who can get through TSA checkpoints by an estimated 50-70 percent; increase the capacity of the terminal to accommodate future growth; reconfigure airline ticket spaces, increase check-in counter space; create a new meeting/greeting area at the south end of the terminal, and a new "front door" from the plaza to the airport, including a children's play area and flight information displays; create a new international passenger welcome center with seating, food and retail; improve food and retail offerings in the terminal; upgrade the entire facility; and improve curbside areas for increased passenger drop-off capacity, including an express drop-off adjacent to the TSA checkpoints for passengers without checked bags.

Already, 17 new shops and restaurants are scheduled to open at the airport in 2018. They include:
• Three Starbucks;
• Three Dazbog coffees;
• Larimer Street Market on Concourse B and RiNo District Market on Concourse C, both travel convenience stores;
• Three Sky Market locations, also travel convenience stores, on Concourses B and C;
• A Denver Central Market on Concourse A;
• Belgium Brewing Sports Bar on Concourse B;
• Brothers BBQ on Concourse A;
• Snarf's on Concourse A
• CNBC on Concourse A
• Breckenridge Brewery on Concourse A

Tivoli Brewery & Tom's Urban Kitchen is coming to the Westin Denver International Airport, which is connected to the airport, and two Smashburger & Bars are being developed for concourses B and C.