Southwest Airlines will begin construction on its first maintenance hangar at the Denver International Airport this summer. Ground breaking is expected to occur within the next few months and the hangar is anticipated to be completed in late 2020.
The news of the project was announced at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Denver, Colorado, on May 15. The nearly $100 million investment will allow mechanics to work on up to three aircraft inside the 130,000 square-foot hangar. There will be parking and facilities outside the hangar for eight additional aircraft.
The facility can house the 75 technical operations employees that are currently working in Denver on the carrier’s all Boeing 737 fleet. Overall, the airline employs more than 4,000 People within its Technical Operations department. The company has hangars in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, and Phoenix as well.
Southwest carries more local travelers to and from Denver than any other carrier. Denver International Airport is also one of the carrier’s top five airports in terms of daily departures in its network of more than 100 cities and offers up to 224 daily departures for sale to nearly 70 nonstop destinations. The carrier employs 4,200 People in Denver.