By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– Denver International Airport unveiled 16 new gates on Thursday. The gates are leased by Southwest Airlines.

(credit: CBS)

The new expansion area also includes more seating, areas for pets and charging stations. There are also more shopping and dining options.

(credit: CBS)

The CEO of DIA Phil Washington said the big upgrades are to keep up with an already growing airport.

(credit: CBS)

“DEN was originally designed for 50 million passengers annually, 50 million. In 2019, we hit 69.5 million,” said Washington.

Southwest will begin using the new gates in June.

Jennifer McRae