United Airlines adds more flights, new lounges in fast-growing Denver

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A row of United Airlines passenger planes parked at the gates at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.

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United Airlines With plans to expand its schedule and add new lounges at Denver International Airport, the carrier is betting demand for flights at its fastest-growing hub will continue to grow.

United said Tuesday it will add 35 flights at the Colorado airport this year. New nonstop routes include service to Greensboro, North Carolina; Dayton, Ohio; Lexington, Kentucky; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. A spokeswoman said the airline’s Denver service will average 450 daily departures this summer.

belonged to united airport largest carrier Compared with last year’s 46% market share Southwest Airlines‘ 31% shares, Frontier Airlines with 10%, Delta Airlines with 5% and American Airlines With 4%, according to airport data.

But its new service comes as travel patterns change during the pandemic, forcing airlines to rethink their networks and how best to deploy planes. short supply,

Airport passenger traffic expanded rapidly As the city grew during the pandemic, travelers sought outdoor destinations amid restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Last year, Denver Airport handled a record more than 69 million passengers, rising from 16th in 2019 to the third busiest airport in the world. Airport Council International,

In comparison, San Francisco, another United hub that enjoyed a booming corporate travel business before the pandemic, served 57.5 million passengers in 2019 and only 42.3 million Last year,

United are also set to open a new lounge and reopen one of the two major renovated clubs Make room for scores of high spending travelers,

Last year, United grab and go The mini lounge in Denver is aimed at connecting passengers on other flights.