$1.8 billion DIA renovation project moves forward, but with opposition

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DENVER — The $1.8 billion plan to remodel Denver International Airport’s main terminal was met with opposition Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re really worried about the operation,” United Airlines president John Kirby said.

Airline workers, carpenters and airport employees were in attendance at the meeting.

“Essentially, we’re taking all of the ticketing and precheck activities that exist today and putting them all in the already crowded ticketing space,” Kirby said.

United is against the project’s current design, while another group said it will change the lives of local families.

“This project will put thousands of construction workers to work over the course of the four years that it takes to build this project,” a speaker said.

The committee sat and listened through all the comments. Other opinions included those of carpenters, who said they’re for the plan.

Concession workers also showed up and said they’re worried about jobs.

The end result was a decision to move the plan forward and get a full vote from the Denver City Council.

That vote will take place Aug. 7. There will be a public comment session.

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