Colorado, your airport, also known as Denver International Airport, DIA, or better yet, Illuminati Headquarters, has seen lots of upgrades lately. And that is an understatement. Southwest Airlines has announced it will build a $100 million maintenance hangar at the airport. So keep your eyes peeled for that!
The Denver Post stated that the 130,000-square-foot hangar will fit three Boeing 737 jets and is expected to be completed before the end of 2020. That is pretty quick, considering how long some other projects are taking. We will not name names.
Welcome to the family, Denver!
This specific hangar will be the seventh to join Southwest’s maintenance network. Currently, facilities are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Orlando.
Southwest keeps around 4,200 Denverites employed, including 75 maintenance workers and expects to see around 224 daily departures from Denver by August as more routes open up.
What’s with the new hangar?
CEO of Southwest Airlines, Gary Kelly said that the new hangar is evident of the airline’s investment into the community. So it looks like they are sticking around for the long haul!
An increase in delayed and canceled Southwest flights due to mechanical issues which cost the carrier millions of dollars also played a crucial part in the investment. The financial hit they took also prompted Kelly to file a lawsuit against the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association accusing them of encouraging mechanics to write up issues that don’t affect flight safety to gain leverage in ongoing contract negotiations. Ouch!
More routes, more traffic!
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