America’s most controversial airport Is now No. 1 in the country

Written by on March 19, 2019

DIA had a fairly auspicious 2018. In May, it broke ground on a $1.5-billion expansion that will add 39 new gates, plus concessions, by mid-2022 — increasing the airport’s capacity by more than one-third. In July, it began a 3.5-year, $650-million renovation of the Great Hall. DIA added 59 new routes and saw a whopping 64.5 million passengers the same year, a figure which ranks 5th among airports nationwide and which is projected to reach 80 million as early as 2025. (For context, all major airports are growing; DIA will probably still be the 5th-busiest when it does hit 80 million, which could happen before or after 2025 but which is definitely happening). 

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