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Friday, 26 May 2023

United Airlines to Expand Services at Denver Hub

(26/05/23)  United Airlines has unveiled plans to significantly grow its position at Denver International Airport (DEN), adding 35 flights, six new routes, a dozen new gates and three lounges.

Starting this summer, United will also double the total number of early morning departures and late evening arrivals in and out of Denver, giving customers more flexibility and more options to stay away longer.

"Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and as the Mile High City's most flown airline, it's essential that we maintain the most modern infrastructure and fleet to support our local employees and customers and deliver a great experience," said United CEO Scott Kirby. "Our expansion in Denver will further enable us to connect our customers to destinations across the globe and revitalize our presence at the airport with modern, customer friendly offerings."

United Airlines Boeing 787-8 reg: N30913. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
United Airlines Boeing 787-8 reg: N30913. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

The airline will add new non-stop flights to six destinations including four not served by any other Denver airline: Dayton, OH; Greensboro, NC; Lexington, KY and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The airline's local infrastructure improvements include 12 new gates set to open in the A and B concourses by the middle of 2024 and giving United a total of 90 gates, the most at Denver International Airport.

This expansion is part of the carrier's nearly $1 billion investment to further improve the travel experience at DEN and also includes a new check-in lobby, new user-friendly technology at gates, a new grab-n-go club lounge concept called United Club Fly and the renovation and expansion of United Club lounges.

This summer, United will also open a new club lounge on the A Concourse and reopen its first of two revamped lounges on the B Concourse. All three United Club locations will feature two full levels of club space, and an upgraded design that reflects the Colorado region.

"It's been an honor to work with United during my time as Mayor of Denver. Together, we've been able to extend our city's reach across the world," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "United's domestic and global network supports DEN's Vision 100 strategic plan to expand for 100 million passengers within the next decade, and I'm proud to see them continue to grow their network at DEN and further connect our community to more destinations."

As a result of the airline's United Next plan, United will expand mainline flying out of Denver to its highest levels in 20 years, while repurposing its regional fleet to fly to smaller, less-served destinations. Overall, United will offer more capacity from Denver than ever before, with over 60,000 departing seats per day.

In total, United will operate 35 new flights in 2023 out of Denver and since 2018, has added over 90 mainline departures per day.

This year, United will fly new 737 MAX aircraft non-stop to San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning 29 October, and Montego Bay, Jamaica, beginning 4 November.

In addition to the new routes, United will use its new MAX aircraft to increase service to popular destinations like Miami, Austin, Boston and Atlanta.

As United grows its mainline fleet, the airline will use Embraer 175 aircraft to connect Denver with Asheville, NC; Dayton, OH; Greensboro, NC and Lexington, KY, starting on 29 September.

United's new morning flight bank will offer Denver customers expanded flight options to many popular destinations like Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego and Seattle. By doubling the total number of early morning departures and late evening arrivals, customers will have more flexibility and a greater ability to maximize their stays.

This summer, United will fly non-stop to more than 150 destinations from Denver, with over 450 daily departures.

United is also the largest private employer in the city of Denver, with nearly 10,000 Denver-based employees and growing. In 2023, the airline plans to hire more than 2,300 people – from ramp agents and customer service representatives, to pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians and more.

Overall, in 2022, the airline hired 15,000 people across its network and will add another 15,000 this year – on track to add about 50,000 people by 2026.

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