Denver International airport has broken ground on a five-gate expansion of concourse C for Southwest Airlines, its largest carrier.
Dallas-based Southwest will consolidate all of its operations in concourse C – where the majority of its flights operate – from both concourses A and C once the 3,623m2 (39,000ft2) expansion opens in November 2014, according to the airport.
The gates will be numbered C23 to C27 and located to the west of the existing concourse. Southwest already uses 17 gates on concourse C, according to the airport's website.
“Our gates are fully leased, and in order to accommodate Southwest Airlines’ quick and steady growth in Denver, we need to add five gates,” says Kim Day, manager of aviation for the city of Denver, in a statement.
Southwest carried nearly a quarter of enplaned passengers at the airport during the year ending 31 May, according to US Department of Transportation (DOT) data. United Airlines was second with 24.3% of enplanements and Frontier Airlines third with 18.5%.
The $46 million project is funded by the airport’s capital improvement project fund.