Southwest Airlines is set to grow its operation at Denver International Airport. The airline recently received $12.5 million in tax credits and plans to use the money to expand at the airport. Southwest chose Denver over Nashville, Tennessee and Houston.

To receive the full incentive, Southwest Airlines must add 1,013 full-time jobs and has eight years to make the hires. This doesn't mean that the hiring will come in one burst. Rather, as demand grows, and it's growing fast at Denver, the airline will recruit more flight attendants and pilots, as well as gate agents and baggage handlers.

This means that in the near future, Southwest should offer a lot more flights from Denver International Airport. In fact, the airport is undergoing a $1.5 billion expansion and will be adding 39 gates to the facility. Southwest is hoping to use 16 of those new gates, all located at Concourse C, where the carrier currently has 24 gates. Southwest is the second largest carrier at the airport, just behind United Airlines. According to Southwest, Denver is its fastest growing market

The $1.5 billion expansion plan is expected to increase capacity by 30 percent. According to the airport, it will complete the expansion by the end of 2021 and will assign the gates within the next six months. The airport is adding capacity as follows:

  • Concourse A-West – 12 gates
  • Concourse B-West – 4 gates
  • Concourse B-East – 7 narrow-body gates
  • Concourse C-East – 16 gates

When completed, all three concourses will offer plenty of amenities and the opportunity for flyers to step outside to enjoy outdoor patios, conveniently located past security. The outdoor space will offer views of the surrounding mountains as well as an area dedicated to pets, seating areas and fire pits.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at GET.com based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: adam.luehrs@get.com.