Thinking big to develop a growing region
Denver International Airport poised for global expansion
Nearly 58.3 million passengers traveled through Denver International Airport (DEN) in 2016, marking the third consecutive year of record-setting traffic in the airport's history. DEN is the sixth-busiest airport in the nation and 18th busiest in the world.
Opened in 1995, DEN is the only major airport built in the United States in the past 27 years. The $4.2 billion facility encompasses 53 square miles, making DEN twice the size of Manhattan Island.
DEN served 181 destinations around the world during 2016. Additional new, international nonstop flights recently announced:
- Sun Country Airlines announced in September 2017 a new, seasonal nonstop service from Denver to Mazatlán, Mexico.
- WestJet announced in August 2017 it will begin serving DEN daily from Calgary International Airport (YYC) starting March 8, 2018.
- In celebration of United's 80 years of service in Denver, the airline announced the launch of daily nonstop seasonal service in July 2017 between DEN and London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) beginning March 24, 2018 through October 26, 2018.
- Mayor Michael B. Hancock, DEN, and Norwegian announced in July 2017 that the airline will begin offering nonstop service from Denver to Paris, France. The twice-weekly service from DEN to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) will begin on April 9, 2018, making this the fourth, new international destination in three months.
- Edelweiss Air announced in July 2017 its plans to begin twice-weekly service from Denver to Zurich beginning on June 4, 2018.
- In May 2017, DEN celebrated Air Canada’s first nonstop flight to Vancouver, Canada, a new destination for the carrier from Denver.
- In April 2017, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, DEN, and Norwegian Airlines announced that the airline will begin offering nonstop service from Denver to London/Gatwick beginning Sept. 16, 2017. This is the first time since 2012 that DEN has announced a new foreign-flag carrier.
- DEN announced in April 2017, that starting Dec. 11, 2017, Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service four times a week between Denver and Panama City, Panama.
Passenger growth spurs expansion
DEN's new, $544 million Hotel and Transit Center includes a commuter rail station connecting the airport with downtown Denver. The University of Colorado A Line commuter rail from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport began service in 2016. The Westin Denver International Airport Hotel and Conference Center and its adjoining open-air plaza, opened in late 2015.
Now, DEN is beginning a $1 billion renovation of its Great Hall, with plans to move security screening to Level 6 of the airport. The expansion will allow for a host of new traveler amenities including shopping and restaurants.
Travelers from around the world have voted Denver International Airport (DEN) as the top U.S. airport serving 50-60 million passengers per year, according to the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
DEN was named the No. 3 best airport in the world serving 50-60 million passengers, making it the highest-rated U.S. airport in that category.
DEN received several other distinctions, including:
- No. 2 Best Regional Airport in North America
- No. 4 World’s Best Regional Airport
- No. 4 Best Airport Staff in North America
Reliever airports serve corporate business travelers
Colorado’s commercial and general aviation airports not only form a cohesive system for commerce and air travel needs, but generate a $36.7 billion annual impact according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Three strategically located airports serve as Metro Denver’s reliever airports: