US-based Southwest Airlines has opened its new $100m TECHNICAL OPERATIONS complex at Denver International Airport (DEN) in Colorado.

The new 130,000ft² facility features a large aircraft maintenance hangar, training rooms, offices and a warehouse to support the carrier’s technical operations team.

Southwest Airlines president and chief operating officer Mike Van de Ven said: “As we continue to grow and welcome more Customers at DEN, we’re laser-focused on the work that happens behind the scenes that enables us to provide a great customer experience.

“This new hangar facility is a critical investment that supports our commitment to maintaining a safe, reliable fleet so we can connect our Denver customers to the people and the places that matter most in their lives.”

The new hangar will be used by the airline company to perform scheduled, overnight maintenance of its fleet.

It will have the space to accommodate three Boeing 737 aircraft and will join Southwest Airlines’ other aircraft maintenance hangars, which are located in Atlanta, Chicago (Midway), Dallas (Love Field), Houston (Hobby), Orlando and Phoenix.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said: “We’re excited to see Southwest Airlines continue to invest in our community and bring high-paying jobs to the region.

“Southwest’s support, both at the airport and throughout our city, is what makes Denver a top place to live and work, as well as make it attractive for both business and leisure travellers to come visit the Mile High City.”

In January 2020, Southwest Airlines opened a new maintenance facility at William P Hobby International Airport in Texas.