DENVER – Denver International Airport will be smoke-free by the end of the decade.
On Friday, DIA managers announced they will support Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s plans to eliminate all four of the current indoor smoking lounges.
Three of the four will be shut down for remodeling to make room for new “non-smoking concessions concepts,” the airport said. The third, Timberline Steakhouse, will shut down after its lease expires in 2018.
“I am committed to public health and the safety of everyone who visits, lives in or conducts business in our great city,” said Mayor Hancock. “DIA is the last public building in Colorado where indoor smoking lounges are still in operation. While they are legally allowed, we believe the responsible decision is to eliminate these facilities in order to better protect the wellbeing of everyone who uses the airport.”
The lounges set to close this year include two Aviator’s Lounge locations, one in Jeppesen Terminal and the other on the B Concourse. The Jeppesen Terminal lounge will become a Jamba Juice and the B Concourse lounge will re-open as the Aviator’s Sports Bar, a barbecue restaurant.
The third lounge scheduled for closure is located inside of Mesa Verde Restaurant and Bar on the A Concourse.