Airline Agreement Reached

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Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper says the city has reached an agreement with the top two carriers at Denver International Airport, settling a dispute about how many gates United and Frontier will have.

Spokesperson Andrew Hudson says United will give up the use of three gates during construction of an expansion of the west terminal. Once the expansion is done Frontier, which has 11 gates, will be operating 20. Hudson called the agreement a good compromise.

Hudson says Frontier has been operating more than twice as many flights from its gates as some airlines. Frontier had it would consider moving some of its operations from DIA if it more were not made available.

United has been reluctant to surrender any of its gates, saying they need them for a new low-cost airline they plan to begin operating next year. United officials were not available for comment.