Change Is in the Air at DIA

Denver International Aiport (DIA) has been in negotiations for months over upcoming changes to the airport. The project has been highly contested, with strong and vocal opinions on all sides. In August the renovation plan was approved. Ultimately the project will be massive, introducing new partnerships, adding gates, changing layout, and totaling over $1 billion.

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• 26 new gates added to DIA’s three concourses. This will happen over the next few years. 

• $650 – $775 million in terminal renovations that will consolidate ticketing, relocate security to the upper level, and add more spots for food and shopping. This is part of the anticipation of increased traffic and an ultimate goal of increasing the terminal’s capacity to 80 million passengers per year.

• The project will take approximately 4 years to complete and costs over $1 billion. 

• The renovation aims to utilize the airport’s limited space more effectively and strategically. 

• Safer airport security is a huge part of the renovation plan, updates have been needed for years, especially post-9/11.

• A seventh runway. 

• Widening of Peña Boulevard, the airport’s access highway.