Posted on: 01 October 2012 by Mark Howells
Southwest Airlines has opened its newest pilot and flight attendant crew bases at Denver International Airport (DIA), which will be the airline’s ninth.
The new crew domiciles will house nearly 400 pilots and 400 flight attendants, with potential to grow as needed. The lounges will be located on the third level of concourse C at Denver International Airport (DIA). Southwest Airlines is also starting line maintenance in Denver, which will be the first time the carrier has had this function at its DIA operation.
"The new crew bases and our line maintenance demonstrate our long-term commitment to Colorado and our successful operation at DIA," remarked Mike Van de Ven, Southwest’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer. "Our expansion reflects the increasing demand among Mile High customers for Southwest’s low fares and frequent flights, and our pilots, flight attendants, and maintenance employees will be proud to call Denver home."
The crew bases will serve as offices on the ground for Southwest’s pilots and flight attendants. Flight crews stationed in Denver may use these offices before and after trips to receive briefings, access required reading material, learn about changes in policies or schedules, and catch up on Southwest news.
In addition to the crew bases, Southwest has also established a line maintenance operation at Denver. The company will now have six local maintenance employees perform routine maintenance as needed for flights flying to/from DIA to streamline the carrier’s growing operation there.