New Leadership in Denver
- The head of Los Angeles’ public transportation agency, Phil Washington, has been nominated as the next CEO of Denver International Airport. If confirmed by the city council, Washington would replace Kim Day, who leaves the airport after 13 years at its helm. The airport is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar expansion that includes needed new gates for hub carriers Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, as well as a controversial redo of its main terminal. Denver was the third busiest airport in the U.S. in 2020 — up from fifth in 2019 — with 32.3 million passengers, according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics data.
- Speaking of Los Angeles, city officials cut the ribbon on the new Terminal 1.5 at Los Angeles International Airport less than two weeks after opening the new West Gates at Tom Bradley. The building is sandwiched between Terminals 1 and 2 includes new check-in and baggage claim facilities for Allegiant Air, Southwest, Sun Country Airlines and Viva Aerobus — Frontier Airlines will temporarily use the facility until it leaves LAX in September — as well as a connection to the airport’s under construction automated people mover system. An airside bus gate connects Terminal 1.5 to the West Gates, where Allegiant, Sun Country and Viva flights arrive and depart. The facility cost almost $478 million.