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Earlier this year, we introduced Vision 100, our strategic plan that helps ensure that Denver International Airport (DEN) is prepared for 100 million annual passengers in the next 8-10 years. When we announced this plan, we promised to report regularly on our progress. I’m happy to report that in the first quarter of 2022, we’ve already made progress in each of our four pillars and I’m excited to share with you some of the highlights.
Powering Our People – this pillar is all about the people who work at DEN and community members who want to be part of DEN today or in the future.
A major initiative of this pillar is the development of a Center of Excellence and Equity in Aviation (CEEA), a first of its kind center that will help underserved communities and prepare current and future employees for a career in aviation. CEEA will be constructed on Level 4 of the Westin Denver International Airport as part of the Great Hall Completion. In the first quarter:
Growing Our Infrastructure – this pillar focuses on building new facilities needed to serve 100 million annual passengers.
If you’ve visited the airport recently, you’ve noticed some of our continuing construction projects, including the three-phased Great Hall Project and our four-location Concourse Expansion Program. In the first quarter:
Maintaining What We Have – this pillar focuses on taking care of our 27-year-old airport and managing the wear and tear caused by increasing passenger traffic.
In the first quarter, we conducted a current-state assessment of asset management practices at DEN which will help us create a framework for an improved system in the future.
Expanding Our Global Connections – this pillar focuses on taking advantage of DEN’s mid-continental location and vast land holdings to grow our air service network and cargo operations. In the first quarter:
These are just the highlights of our accomplishments over the first quarter and I’m proud of what we have achieved so far. As we work towards Vision 100, we will continue to listen to the needs of our business partners, airlines, passengers and community.
In fact, another first quarter accomplishment was the creation of a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) comprised of 16 Coloradoans across the Denver metro are who will provide advice on the various airport projects, initiatives and programs; assist with the review and discussion of airport plans; advise airport leadership in planning for issues of interest to the CAC; and advise airport leadership on the best way of seeking public input as appropriate.
With the help of the CAC and all of our stakeholders, we will make significant strives towards achieving Vision 100 while also making DEN an airport we can all be proud of.
Until next time,
Phillip A. Washington