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Denver International Airport to Experience Nearly $100M in Growth

Tue November 11, 2003 - National Edition

DENVER (AP) The city has reached an agreement with the two largest carriers at Denver International Airport, United and Frontier, settling a dispute about how many gates each company will have, Mayor John Hickenlooper said Nov. 9.

As part of the deal the city has agreed to build a $40-million, 38-gate regional jet facility at the east end of Concourse B to be occupied by United and its regional partners. The city also will build new ticket counters for United, a $15-million project.

The city will build an extension to the west end of Concourse A for Frontier at a cost of $42.5 million.

"Neither side got everything they want, but this will work," Hickenlooper told The Associated Press. Officials scheduled a late-afternoon news conference to discuss details of the plan.

United has been reluctant to surrender any of its gates, saying they are needed for a new low-cost airline the carrier plans to launch from Denver next year.

Frontier spokesman Andrew Hudson said United will relinquish three gates during construction of the expansion of the west terminal. Once the expansion is complete, Denver-based Frontier will have 20 gates, nine more than it has now.

"It’s not the optimal solution but it is a good compromise," Hudson said. "Critical to our growth plan is having gate access at DIA. We can’t express enough how much we appreciate Mayor Hickenlooper and his staff for making lemonade out of an orange."