Denver International Airport has opened its first of three terraces and I recently had a chance to visit it. It’s a great step toward moving DEN from a venue of utility to a venue of beauty.
Denver Airport Terrace Is Beautiful
One thing I miss about living in Europe is that airports serve as beautiful hubs not only for airlines, but for people. For example, Frankfurt Airport has several restaurants and coffee shops (and hotels and offices) prior to security. It also has a pair of railroad stations (one for short-distance service and the other for longhaul trains). Airports are exempt from Germany’s Sunday closing laws, so you’ll see many Frankfurters heading to the airport on Sunday if they need something at the grocery store. Yes, the airport also has two grocery stores, banks, dry cleaners, and a whole floor of travel agencies.
So what does that have to do with a terrace opening in Denver?
I link the two because the creation of the new terrace 1.) makes DEN so much more inviting and 2.) makes it a destination in itself, even if only limited to air travelers. I realize I may be
weird unique, but I’d pay to have a nice meal on a terrace overlooking aircraft arriving and departing.
Here are some photos of the new gate area and terrace:
This terrace is the culmination of United’s 39-gate expansion in Terminal B, which opened last November. Certainly this opening came at an inopportune time during the height of the pandemic, but it now serves as a bright and beautiful shared space as passengers have returned to the skies. As you can see in the pictures above, United has new high-tech gate displays which guide passengers to board or direct them to connecting gates.
Three additional concourse extensions are in the works at DEN, including the other side of Concourse B, Concourse A, and Concourse C. Both United and Southwest plan tremendous growth in Denver over the next few years. All will have terraces.
I love outdoor terraces and think the new gate area and terrace in Concourse B at Denver represents a bright future of travel in which airports in the USA draw closer to being places of beauty all while becoming even more functional.
Have you checked out the new terrace at DEN?