Denver International Airport

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Denver International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity & County of Denver Department of Aviation
OperatorCity & County of Denver Department of Aviation
Serves Denver,
Front Range Urban Corridor
LocationNortheast Denver, Colorado, U.S.
OpenedFebruary 28, 1995(26 years ago) (1995-02-28)
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation  AMSL 5,434 ft / 1,656 m
Coordinates 39°51′42″N104°40′23″W / 39.86167°N 104.67306°W / 39.86167; -104.67306 Coordinates: 39°51′42″N104°40′23″W / 39.86167°N 104.67306°W / 39.86167; -104.67306
Website flydenver.com
Maps
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FAA airport diagram
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Runways
Direction LengthSurface
ftm
7/2512,0003,658Concrete
8/2612,0003,658Concrete
16L/34R12,0003,658Concrete
16R/34L16,0004,877Concrete
17L/35R12,0003,658Concrete
17R/35L12,0003,658Concrete
Statistics (2020)
Passengers33,741,129
Aircraft operations442,571
Total cargo (lbs.)661,094,348
Economic impact (2018)$33.5 billion [1]
Source: Denver International Airport [2]

Denver International Airport( IATA : DEN, ICAO : KDEN, FAA LID : DEN), locally known as DIA, is an international airport in the Western United States, primarily serving metropolitan Denver, Colorado, as well as the greater Front Range Urban Corridor. At 33,531 acres (52.4 sq mi; 135.7 km2), [3] it is the largest airport in North America by land area and the second largest in the world, behind King Fahd International Airport. [4] Runway 16R/34L, with a length of 16,000 feet (3.03 mi; 4.88 km), is the longest public use runway in North America and the seventh longest in the world. The airport is 25 miles (40 km) driving distance from Downtown Denver, [5] which is 19 miles (31 km) farther away than Stapleton International Airport, the airport DIA replaced. [6]

Contents

Opened in 1995, DEN currently has non-stop service to 215 destinations amongst 23 different airlines throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia; it is the fourth airport in the U.S. to exceed 200 destinations. [7] The airport is a hub for both United Airlines and Frontier Airlines and a base for Southwest Airlines. With over 35,000 employees, the airport is the largest employer in Colorado. The airport is located on the western edge of the Great Plains and within sight of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

History

The Air Traffic Control Tower and Concourse C at Denver International Airport with a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 taxiing below DEN Air Traffic Control Tower.jpg
The Air Traffic Control Tower and Concourse C at Denver International Airport with a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 taxiing below

Denver has traditionally been home to one of the busier airports in the United States because of its location. Many airlines, including United Airlines, Western Airlines, former Frontier Airlines, Continental Airlines and People Express were hubbed at the former Stapleton International Airport. At times, Stapleton was a hub for three or four airlines. Reasons that justified the construction of the new DEN were that space was severely limited at Stapleton, and its runways were unable to deal efficiently with Denver's weather and wind patterns, causing nationwide travel disruption.

From 1980 to 1983, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) investigated six areas for a new metro area airport that were north and east of Denver. In September 1989, under the leadership of Denver Mayor Federico Peña, federal officials authorized the outlay of the first $60 million (equivalent to $125 million today) for the construction of DEN. Two years later, Mayor Wellington Webb inherited the megaproject, scheduled to open on October 29, 1993. [8]

Delays caused by poor planning and repeated design changes due to changing requirements from United Airlines caused Mayor Webb to push opening day back, first to December 1993, then to March 1994. By September 1993, delays due to a millwright strike and other events meant opening day was pushed back again, to May 15, 1994. In April 1994, the city invited reporters to observe the first test of the new automated baggage system. Reporters were treated to scenes of clothing and other personal effects scattered beneath the system's tracks, while the actuators that moved luggage from belt to belt would often toss the luggage right off the system instead. The mayor cancelled the planned May 15 opening. The baggage system continued to be a maintenance hassle and was finally terminated in September 2005, with traditional baggage handlers manually handling cargo and passenger luggage. [9] On September 25, 1994, the airport hosted a fly-in that drew several hundred general aviation aircraft, providing pilots with a unique opportunity to operate in and out of the new airport, and to wander around on foot looking at the ground-side facilities—including the baggage system, which was still under testing. FAA controllers also took advantage of the event to test procedures, and to check for holes in radio coverage as planes taxied around and among the buildings.

DEN finally replaced Stapleton on February 28, 1995, 16 months behind schedule and at a cost of $4.8 billion (equivalent to $8.2 billion today), [10] nearly $2 billion over budget ($3.4 billion today). [6] The construction employed 11,000 workers. [11] United Airlines Flight 1062 to Kansas City International Airport was the first to depart DIA and United Flight 1474 from Colorado Springs Airport was the first to arrive at the new airport. [6] After the airport's runways were completed but before it opened, the airport used the codes ( IATA : DVX, ICAO : KDVX). DIA later took over ( IATA : DEN, ICAO : KDEN) as its codes from Stapleton when the latter airport closed.

In September 2003, the sixth and longest runway 16R/34L  was added; at 16,000 ft (3.0 mi; 4.9 km), it is 4,000 ft (0.76 mi; 1.2 km) longer than the other runways. Its length exceeded by only six other runways in the world allows fully-laden Airbus A380s and Boeing 747-8s to take off in hot and high conditions at the airport, which is roughly 1 mi (1.6 km) above sea level.

During a blizzard on March 17–19, 2003, the weight of heavy snow tore a hole in the terminal's white fabric roof, and over 2 feet (0.61 m) of snow on paved areas closed the airport and its main access road (Peña Boulevard) for almost two days, stranding several thousand people. [12] [13]

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 taxis north at Denver International Airport. DEN Southwest Airlines B737.jpg
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 taxis north at Denver International Airport.

In 2004, DEN was ranked first in major airports for on-time arrivals according to the FAA. Another blizzard on December 20–21, 2006, dumped over 20 inches (51 cm) of snow in about 24 hours. The airport was closed for more than 45 hours, stranding thousands. [14] Following this, the airport invested heavily in new snow-removal equipment that has led to a dramatic reduction in runway occupancy times to clear snow, down from an average of 45 minutes in 2006 to just 15 minutes in 2014.

After shunning DEN for over a decade due to high fees, Southwest Airlines entered the airport in January 2006 with 13 daily flights. [15] Southwest has since rapidly expanded and is now the airport's second-largest carrier after United. [16]

On September 9, 2015, a political campaign was launched by Mayor Michael Hancock to radically expand commercial development at DIA, development previously prohibited by intergovernmental agreement between Denver and Adams County. [17] The changes to the agreement were approved by both Denver and Adams County voters in November 2015. [18] On November 19, 2015, the first part of a Hotel and Transit Center, the hotel, opened adjacent to the Jeppesen Terminal. On April 22, 2016, commuter rail service to the Hotel and Transit Center from Denver Union Station began.

In 2018, work began on a major interior renovation and reconfiguration including the beginning phases of construction to relocate two out of the three TSA security checkpoints from the Great Hall on Level 5 to Level 6 (East & West) while simultaneously updating and consolidating airline ticket counters/check-in for all airlines. Eventually, both pre- and post-security gathering and leisure areas will be incorporated into the spaces where both expansive TSA security areas on Level 5 are currently located. The third TSA security checkpoint currently accessible via the Concourse A bridge is expected to be removed. The renovation and reconfiguration will bring back the original intent and use of the Great Hall as a large commons area for airport patrons and visitors to enjoy. This phased terminal project is expected to be completed by 2025. [19]

Additionally, work is underway on expanding all three concourses, with 12 new gates being added to A (including several gates with direct access to U.S. Customs and Border Protection), 11 to B, and 16 to C for a total of 39 gates. [20] Following the completion of this project, United Airlines will lease 24 additional gates on both A and B (bringing its total gate count at DEN to around 90), as well as build a new United Club in A and expand their existing clubs in B. [21] Southwest Airlines will lease 16 of the new gates on C bringing its total gate count at DEN to 40. [22] When both the ongoing terminal and concourse projects are completed, the airport will be able to handle upwards of 90 million passengers per year. [23]

Facilities

The pedestrian bridge connecting the Jeppesen Terminal with Concourse A DEN- PED BRIDGE.JPG
The pedestrian bridge connecting the Jeppesen Terminal with Concourse A
Overhead view of the Concourse C train station DIA Train 5.JPG
Overhead view of the Concourse C train station

The airport is 25 miles (40 km) driving distance from Downtown Denver, which is 19 miles (31 km) farther away than Stapleton International Airport, the airport DIA replaced. [6] The distant location was chosen to avoid aircraft noise affecting developed areas, to accommodate a generous runway layout that would not be compromised by blizzards, and to allow for future expansion.

The 52.4 square miles (136 km2; 33,500 acres) [3] of land occupied by the airport is more than one and a half times the size of Manhattan (33.6 square miles or 87 square kilometres). DIA occupies the largest amount of commercial airport land area in North America, by a great extent. The land was transferred from Adams County to Denver after a 1989 vote, [24] increasing the city's size by 50 percent and bifurcating the western portion of the neighboring county. All freeway traffic accessing the airport from central Denver leaves the city and passes through Aurora for nearly two miles (3.2 km), making the airport a practical exclave. Similarly, the A Line rail service connecting the airport with downtown Denver has two intervening stations in Aurora.

Terminal

DIA has one terminal, named The Jeppesen Terminal after aviation safety pioneer Elrey Borge Jeppesen, and three midfield concourses, spaced far apart. [25] Concourse A is accessible via a pedestrian bridge directly from the terminal building, as well as via the underground train system that services all three concourses. For access to Concourses B and C, passengers must utilize the train. All international arrivals without border pre-clearance are processed in Concourse A.

United operates two United Clubs in Concourse B and will be opening one in Concourse A soon. [26] American Airlines and Delta Air Lines operate an Admirals Club and Sky Club respectively in Concourse A. [27] [28] American Express operates a Centurion Lounge in Concourse C. [29]

Art & Aesthetics

The Teflon-coated fiberglass roof of Denver International Airport resembles the Rocky Mountains. DIA.jpg
The Teflon-coated fiberglass roof of Denver International Airport resembles the Rocky Mountains.

The Jeppesen Terminal's internationally recognized peaked roof, designed by Fentress Bradburn Architects, resembles snow-capped mountains and evokes the early history of Colorado when Native American teepees were located across the Great Plains. The catenary steel cable system, similar to the Brooklyn Bridge design, supports the fabric roof. DIA is also known for a pedestrian bridge connecting the terminal to Concourse A that allows travelers to walk from the main Terminal to Concourse A, while viewing planes taxiing beneath them. It offers views of the Rocky Mountains to the west and the high plains to the east.

Both during construction and after opening, DIA has set aside a portion of its construction and operation budgets for art. The corridor from the main terminal and Concourse A frequently displays temporary art exhibits. A number of public artworks are present in the underground train that links the main terminal with concourses, including art pieces from the history of Colorado.

The airport features a bronze statue of Denver native Jack Swigert in Concourse B. Swigert flew on Apollo 13 as Command Module Pilot, and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, but died of cancer before he was sworn in. The statue is dressed in an A7L pressure suit, and is posed holding a gold-plated helmet. It is a duplicate of a statue placed at the United States Capitol in 1997. [30]

Denver International Airport has four murals, all of which have been the topic of conspiracy theorists and debate. The murals are ambiguous in meaning, depicting scenes including caged animals, fires, suffering people, and a soldier with a blade and a gas mask. They have been interpreted in the past by onlookers to represent war, hope, and even the New World Order.

In March 2019 the airport unveiled an animated, talking gargoyle in the middle of one of the concourses. The gargoyle interacts with passengers and jokes about the supposed conspiracies connected to the airport. [31]

The Blue Mustang , by El Paso-born artist Luis Jiménez, was one of the earliest public art commissions for Denver International Airport in 1993. The 32-foot-tall (9.8 m)Blue Mustang is a bright blue cast-fiberglass sculpture of a horse with glowing red eyes located between the inbound and outbound lanes of Peña Boulevard. [32] Jiménez was killed in 2006 at age 65 while creating the sculpture when the head fell on him and severed an artery in his leg. At the time of his death, Jiménez had completed painting the head of the mustang. Blue Mustang was completed by others, and unveiled at the airport on February 11, 2008. [33] The statue has been the subject of considerable controversy, and has acquired the nickname Blucifer for its demonic appearance. [34] [35] The sculpture has been defended and disparaged by many people; one incident involved the vandalizing of the sculpture's hooves with orange paint.

Ground transportation

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates three bus routes under the frequent airport express bus service called skyRide, as well as one Express bus route and one Limited bus route, between DIA and various locations throughout the Denver-Aurora and Boulder metropolitan areas. RTD also operates the University of Colorado A Line, a commuter rail line that runs between the airport and Denver Union Station in downtown Denver.

Scheduled bus service is also available to points such as Fort Collins, and van services stretch into Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado summer and ski resort areas. Amtrak offers a Fly-Rail plan for ticketing with United Airlines for trips into scenic areas in the Western U.S. via a Denver stopover.

The Regional Transportation District's airport rail link is an electric commuter rail line that runs from Denver Union Station to the DIA Hotel and Transit Center. The A Line, sometimes called the East Rail Line, and under a sponsorship agreement called "University of Colorado A Line", connects passengers between downtown Denver and Denver International Airport in about 37 minutes. The line connects to RTD's rail service that runs throughout the metro area. The A Line is a 22.8-mile commuter rail transit corridor connecting these two important areas while serving adjacent employment centers, neighborhoods and development areas in Denver and Aurora. The A Line was constructed and funded as part of the Eagle P3 public-private partnership and opened for service on April 22, 2016. Above the station is a 519-room Westin hotel and conference center that opened in November 2015. [36]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Aeroméxico Mexico City [37]
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson [38]
Air Canada Express Vancouver [38]
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle (begins July 2, 2021) [39] [40]
Alaska Airlines Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Anchorage (begins June 17, 2021) [41]
[42]
Allegiant Air Cincinnati
Seasonal: Asheville, Knoxville, Peoria, Provo
[43]
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor [44]
American Eagle Los Angeles [44]
Boutique Air Chadron (ends June 20, 2021), [45] Cortez, McCook [46]
British Airways London–Heathrow [47]
Cayman Airways Seasonal: Grand Cayman [48]
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen [49]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma [50]
Delta Connection Los Angeles, Seattle/Tacoma
Denver Air Connection Alliance, Clovis (NM), Pierre (begins July 1, 2021), [51] Telluride (CO), Watertown (SD) (begins July 1, 2021) [52] [53]
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich [54]
Frontier Airlines Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Billings, Buffalo, Burbank (begins July 15, 2021), Calgary, Cancún, Cozumel, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, El Paso, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Greenville/Spartanburg, Harlingen, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles (ends October 1, 2021), Louisville, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ontario, Orange County, Orlando, Pensacola, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Raleigh/Durham, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Tucson, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, Wichita
Seasonal: Albany, Anchorage, Baltimore, Bismarck, Bloomington/Normal, Boise, Boston, Bozeman, Branson, Burlington (VT), Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Charleston (SC), Detroit, Durango (CO), Fargo, Fort Myers, Fresno, Grand Junction, [55] Grand Rapids, Green Bay, Hartford, Huntsville, Jackson (MS), Jackson Hole, Jacksonville (FL), Kalispell (begins June 17, 2021), [55] Lafayette (LA), Missoula, Myrtle Beach, New York–LaGuardia, Palm Springs, Portland (ME), Puerto Vallarta, Santa Barbara, Savannah, Sioux Falls, Spokane, Syracuse, Tulsa
[56]
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík [57]
JetBlue Boston, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia (begins July 1, 2021) [58] [59]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich [60]
Southern Airways Express Chadron (begins June 21, 2021) [61] [62]
Southwest Airlines Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Boise, Boston, Bozeman, Buffalo, Burbank, Cancún, Charlotte, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Des Moines, Detroit, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Fresno, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Houston–Hobby, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Las Vegas, Liberia (CR) (begins November 13, 2021), [63] Little Rock, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Louisville, Lubbock, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montrose, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ontario, Orange County (CA), Orlando, Palm Springs, Panama City (FL), Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Puerto Vallarta, Raleigh/Durham, Reno/Tahoe, Richmond, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo, Santa Barbara, Savannah, Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane, Tampa, Tucson, Tulsa, Washington–Dulles, Wichita
Seasonal: Belize City (resumes November 20, 2021), [63] Charleston (SC), Fort Myers, Midland/Odessa, Norfolk, Pensacola, Sarasota
[64]
Spirit Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–O'Hare, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Miami (begins November 17, 2021) [65]
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul
[66]
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul [67]
United Airlines Albuquerque, Anchorage, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Billings, Boise, Boston, Bozeman, Burbank, Calgary, Cancún, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, Detroit, Eugene, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Frankfurt, Fresno, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Lihue, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madison, Medford, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Missoula, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ontario, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Puerto Vallarta, Raleigh/Durham, Reno/Tahoe, Richmond, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo, Santa Barbara, Seattle/Tacoma, Sioux Falls, Spokane, Tampa, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Tulsa, Vancouver, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, Wichita
Seasonal: Belize City, Burlington (VT), Charlotte, Cozumel, Fairbanks, Jackson Hole, Kalispell, Liberia (CR), Miami, Nassau, Palm Springs, Portland (ME), San Jose (CR), Sarasota, Tucson
[68]
United Express Alamosa, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Appleton, Aspen, Atlanta, Austin, Bakersfield, Billings, Birmingham (AL), Bismarck, Boise, Bozeman, Burbank, Calgary, Casper, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Cheyenne, Cody, Colorado Springs, Columbia (MO), Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Dodge City, Durango (CO), Eagle/Vail, Edmonton, El Paso, Eugene, Eureka, Everett, Fargo, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Flagstaff, Fresno, Gillette, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Great Falls, Greenville/Spartanburg, Gunnison/Crested Butte, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Hays, Helena, Hobbs, Huntsville, Idaho Falls, Indianapolis, Jackson Hole, Jamestown (ND), Joplin, Kalispell, Kansas City, Kearney, Laramie, Liberal, Lincoln, Little Rock, Louisville, Lubbock, Madison, Medford, Memphis, Midland/Odessa, Minot, Missoula, Moab, Monterey, Moline/Quad Cities, Montrose, Nashville, New Orleans, North Platte, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Palm Springs, Pierre [69] , Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Prescott, Pueblo, Rapid City, Redmond/Bend, Reno/Tahoe, Rochester (MN), Richmond, Riverton, Rock Springs, Sacramento, St. George (UT), St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Salina, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose (CA), San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, Santa Maria (CA), Santa Rosa (resumes September 8, 2021), Savannah, Scottsbluff, Sheridan (WY), Shreveport, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Spokane, Springfield/Branson, Syracuse, Toronto–Pearson, Tri-Cities (WA), Tucson, Tulsa, Twin Falls, Vernal, Watertown (SD), Wichita, Williston (ND), Winnipeg
Seasonal: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Mammoth Lakes, Norfolk, North Bend/Coos Bay, Panama City (FL), Pensacola, Sun Valley, Traverse City, West Yellowstone
[68]
Volaris Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Mexico City [70]
WestJet Calgary [71]

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
AirNet Express Columbus–Rickenbacker
Amazon Air Cincinnati, Ontario
Bemidji Airlines Colby, Goodland, McCook, North Platte, Sidney, Trinidad
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Reno/Tahoe
FedEx Express Billings, Fort Worth/Alliance, Fresno, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Oakland, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, San Jose
Seasonal: Houston– Intercontinental
IAG Cargo London–Heathrow
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt, Munich
UPS Airlines Billings, Burbank, Chicago/Rockford, Everett, Louisville, Ontario, Reno/Tahoe, Salt Lake City, Seattle–Boeing
Seasonal: Hartford

Statistics

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from DEN (March 2020 – February 2021) [72]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 569,000American, Frontier, Southwest, United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 478,000American, Frontier, United
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 455,000American, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
4 Los Angeles, California 444,000American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
5 Las Vegas, Nevada 436,000Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
6 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 418,000Frontier, Spirit, United
7 Atlanta, Georgia 401,000Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United
8 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 354,000Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United
9 Salt Lake City, Utah 350,000Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United
10 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 330,000Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, United
Busiest international routes to and from DEN (Jan. 2018 – Dec. 2018) [73]
RankAirport2018 PassengersCarriers
1 Cancún, Mexico 424,635Frontier, Southwest, United
2 London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 275,554British Airways, United
3 Calgary, Canada 251,585Frontier, United, WestJet
4 Frankfurt, Germany 244,111Lufthansa, United
5 Toronto–Pearson, Canada 244,059Air Canada, United
6 Vancouver, Canada 241,300Air Canada, United
7 Munich, Germany 163,900Lufthansa
8 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 163,755Frontier, Southwest, United
9 San José del Cabo, Mexico 162,670Frontier, Southwest, United
10 Tokyo–Narita, Japan 137,092United

Annual traffic

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Annual passenger traffic at DEN, 1995–present [74] [75]
YearPassengersYearPassengersYearPassengers
199531,067,498 (a)200543,387,369201554,014,502
199632,296,174200647,326,506201658,266,515
199734,969,837200749,863,352201761,379,396
199836,831,400200851,245,334201864,494,613
199938,034,017200950,167,485201969,015,703
200038,751,687201051,985,038202033,741,129
200136,092,806201152,849,132
200235,652,084201253,156,278
200337,505,267201352,556,359
200442,275,913201453,472,514

(a) Passenger totals for first two months of 1995 reflect operations at Stapleton International Airport.

Airline market share

Largest Airlines at DEN
(September 2019 - August 2020)
[76]
RankAirlinePassengersShare
1 Southwest Airlines 12,513,00030.15%
2 United Airlines 12,257,00029.54%
3 Frontier Airlines 5,534,35513.33%
4 SkyWest Airlines 3,683,0008.88%
5 Delta Air Lines 2,055,0004.95%
6Other5,456,00013.15%

Accidents and incidents

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Harry Reid International Airport is an international airport in Paradise, Nevada and is the main government airport for public use in the Las Vegas Valley, a metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Nevada, about 5 miles (8 km) south of Downtown Las Vegas. The airport is owned by the Clark County Commission and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation. It is named after the late U.S. Senator Pat McCarran, a member of the Democratic Party who contributed to the development of aviation both in Las Vegas and on a national scale. LAS covers 2,800 acres (11.3 km2) of land.

Orlando International Airport Public airport in Orlando, Florida, United States

Orlando International Airport is a major public airport located 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida. In 2019, it handled 50,613,072 passengers, making it the busiest airport in the state and tenth busiest airport in the United States. The airport code MCO stands for the airport's former name, McCoy Air Force Base, a Strategic Air Command (SAC) installation, that was closed in 1975 as part of a general military drawdown following the end of the Vietnam War.

Seattle–Tacoma International Airport International airport serving Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, also referred to as Sea–Tac, is the primary commercial airport serving the Seattle metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Washington. It is in the city of SeaTac, approximately 14 miles (23 km) south of Downtown Seattle and 18 miles (29 km) north-northeast of Downtown Tacoma. The airport, the largest in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, is situated between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and owned by the Port of Seattle.

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, also known as Honolulu International Airport, is the principal aviation gateway of the City and County of Honolulu on Oahu in the State of Hawaii. The airport is named after U.S. Senator and Medal of Honor recipient Daniel K. Inouye, who represented Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. The airport is located in the Honolulu census-designated place three miles (5 km) northwest of Honolulu's central business district. The airport covers a total area of 4,220 acres of land, more than 1% of Oahu's land area.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport International airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is an international airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the primary airport for commercial and military use in the Charlotte metropolitan area located roughly six miles from the city's central business district. The airport is owned by the City of Charlotte and operated by the city's aviation department. Established in 1935 as Charlotte Municipal Airport, the airport was renamed in 1954 for Ben Elbert Douglas Sr., who was mayor of Charlotte when the airport was first built. It took its present name in 1982. The airport is a fortress hub for American Airlines, which serves 149 destinations and operates over 700 daily flights out of Charlotte. CLT covers 5,558 acres of land.

Stapleton International Airport Former airport in Denver, Colorado

Stapleton International Airport was a major airport in the western United States, the primary airport of Denver, Colorado, from 1929 to 1995.

Albuquerque International Sunport Airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Albuquerque International Sunport is the primary international airport serving the US State of New Mexico, the Albuquerque metropolitan area, as well as the larger Albuquerque–Santa Fe–Las Vegas CSA, handling 5,467,693 passengers in 2018. It is located in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, between the Rio Grande river and the Sandia Mountains, east of Old Town Albuquerque and Barelas, 3 miles (5 km) southeast of downtown Albuquerque, south of the University of New Mexico, and directly to the west of Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base.

Southwest Florida International Airport

Southwest Florida International Airport is a major county-owned airport in the South Fort Myers region of unincorporated Lee County, Florida, United States. The airport serves the Southwest Florida region, including the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Naples-Marco Island, and Punta Gorda metropolitan areas, and is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry. It currently is the second-busiest single-runway airport in the United States, after San Diego International Airport. In 2019, the airport served 10,225,180 passengers, the most in its history.

Nashville International Airport Airport in Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville International Airport is a public/military airport in the southeastern section of Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1937, its original name was Berry Field, from which its ICAO and IATA identifiers are derived. The current terminal was built in 1987, and the airport took its current name in 1988. Nashville International Airport has four runways and covers 3,900 acres (1,600 ha).

Detroit Metropolitan Airport Airport near Detroit, Michigan, United States

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, usually called Detroit Metro Airport, Metro Airport, or just DTW, is a major international airport in the United States covering 4,850 acres (1,960 ha) in Romulus, Michigan. It is the primary international airport serving Detroit and is Michigan's busiest airport. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a large hub primary commercial service facility.

Colorado Springs Airport Airport in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, known as Colorado Springs Airport, is a city-owned public civil-military airport 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of downtown Colorado Springs, in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. It is the second busiest commercial service airport in the state after Denver International Airport. Peterson Air Force Base, which is located on the north side of runway 13/31, is a tenant of the airport.

Eagle County Regional Airport

Eagle County Regional Airport is in Gypsum, Colorado, United States, 4 miles from Eagle and 37 miles from Vail. It covers 632 acres (256 ha) and has one runway. The History Channel rated Eagle County Regional Airport as #8 on its list of Most Extreme Airports in July 2010 due to the elevation, weather, approach through mountainous terrain and challenging departure procedures. In 2008–09 the airport completed a runway repaving and extension project, increasing the runway length to 9,000 feet.

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