It seems that DEN has a budget of $500M here, and Calatrava et al envision the project’s cost at $650M. A bit more on this below.
Also, according to the CAPA Center for Aviation, DEN has the distinction of having more LLC service than any other airport in the world, beating out second place LAS. Still, the LLC service amounts to only 45.7% of total seats, whereas second place LAS has 59% and third place MDW has a whopping 93.9% of LLC seats.
Another distinction, also according to the CAPA Center for Aviation, is that DEN is the top rated major airport in the world in terms of percentage of domestic operations (97%) to international operations. But conversely, I guess that it would also mean that DEN is ranked dead last of the major airports in terms percentage (3%) of international operations.
But have no fear. Help is on its way with a purportedly new international flight. As posted in another thread here, FI is looking to start KEF-DEN n/s service in the early part of 2012. Yay if this becomes the real thing.
But the Calatrava seems to be a major blow. This could get interesting, whereas DIA officials said they intend to proceed with the project using designs already produced by the Spanish architect and his firm, Festina Lente.
Calatrava and Festina Lente "will retain exclusive ownership of the original concepts, copyright and intellectual property rights expressed or embodied in all architectural designs for the project created by Calatrava". Calatrava has been paid nearly $13M for this so far.
Anyone smell a lot of ligitation here?
Also, the airport has to deliver a terminal station to RTD by the end of 2014.
Anyone know of anything else happening here in the rough-and-tumble, free-for-all, (and purported Headquarters of the New World Order) domain in what is known as Denver International Airport?
And is this bye-bye to this?
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