Southwest Airlines will break ground on a new maintenance facility at DIA this summer.

Southwest Airlines held its annual meeting of shareholders in Denver for the first this time ever on May 15. The meeting started off with a big announcement from the company for the Denver International Airport (DIA).

Company CEO and chairman of Southwest Airlines Gary Kelly announced the airline’s plans to break ground this summer on a new $100 million maintenance hangar at DIA. Construction on the 130,000-square-foot hangar is expected to start sometime in the next few months, and the project has an expected completion date in 2020.

The hangar will have room inside to house three Boeing 737 airplanes, as well as have space to park eight more 737’s outside.

"Southwest Airlines is a vital partner for Denver International Airport and we are proud the airline has decided to make this significant investment in our city. DEN is Southwest’s fastest-growing station and the addition of this hangar ensures they will continue to grow and serve the people of Denver," said Mayor Hancock.

Southwest carries more people in and out of Denver than any other airline; DIA is one of the fastest-growing cities in Southwest’s network with up to 224 departures a day. The airline currently employs 4,200 people from the Denver area. 

The hangar at DIA will be the seventh for Southwest’s Technical Operations Department – other hangars include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, and Phoenix. Out of the 4,500 people employed, 75 of those people currently work here at DIA maintaining the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737’s aircraft.

DIA itself is in the process of multiple construction and improvement projects, including a $2B renovation project. Work is being done in many areas to update the terminal, add new gates, renovate bathrooms, and much more. You can update yourself on any projects that might impact travel in and out of DIA on their website.

Are you planning on flying in or out of Denver this summer? What do you think about all the things going on at DIA? How do you avoid delays or travel hiccups when navigating our busy airport under renovation? Let us know in the comments.