Denver FBO Launches Massive Expansion Project

 - September 24, 2021, 12:39 PM
When completed in the third quarter of 2022, Modern Aviation's $20 million expansion of its FBO at Denver's dedicated GA gateway Centennial Airport will double the size of the facility. (Image: Modern Aviation)

FBO operator Modern Aviation has embarked on a major expansion of its facility at Denver’s Centennial Airport (KAPA), where it is one of five service providers. Modern purchased the former XJet location in 2018, and this $20 million upgrade will more than double its footprint.

Included in the plan is a new 7,000-sq-ft FBO terminal that will replace the current 14-year-old structure, which will be renovated for use as rentable executive office space. The project will also add two heated hangars totaling 52,000 sq ft and capable of sheltering aircraft up to the size of a Bombardier Global 7500. That will bring the FBO’s aircraft storage space to 102,000 sq ft and its attached office space to 4,000 sq ft. The complex, which will have three acres of new ramp area, is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022.

Now home to more than 800 aircraft, including approximately 100 jets, KAPA ranks among the top 10 general aviation airports in the U.S. As it continues to grow, so does the need to keep pace, according to Mark Carmen, the FBO chain's CEO. “We are excited to build upon Modern Aviation Denver’s consistent ranking as the best FBO in Denver, and a top 10 percent FBO nationally in the AIN FBO Survey, by adding a modern facility with additional hangar, office, and ramp space to our existing infrastructure.”