Denver International Airport (DIA), one of the world's most modern and efficient airports, is owned and operated by the City and County of Denver. Located 23 miles northeast of downtown Denver, DIA is the primary airport serving the Metro Denver region and Colorado.
The $4.2 billion facility encompasses 53 square miles, making DIA twice the size of Manhattan Island. Opened in 1995, DIA is the only major airport built in the United States in the past 27 years.
Approximately 53.1 million passengers traveled through DIA in 2012, making it the busiest year in the airport's history.
At DIA, 17 commercial carriers provide nonstop service to more than 170 domestic and international destinations. Specifically, DIA offers nonstop service to 22 international locations including destinations in the Dominican Republic, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Iceland, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
DIA is a national leader in sustainability efforts and was the first airport in the nation awarded membership in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Performance Track program, which recognizes facilities that exceed regulatory requirements and strive to protect public health and the environment.
DIA was the first international airport in the nation to receive an ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system. In addition to various materials recycling programs, the airport's environmental management program also includes protocol for storm and wastewater management, environmental planning, and compliance. The DIA sustainability strategy also includes two solar panel arrays, one of which completely powers the airport's fuel storage and distribution facility.
Passenger Growth Spurs Expansion
Considering that projected passenger traffic is expected to expand to 62 million by 2020, DIA is preparing for expansion that will likely include a seventh runway, expansion of concourses, public parking, rental-car facilities, and upgrades to the baggage system. Officials are considering plans for updated and expanded concourses, security areas, parking areas, and baggage systems.
DIA unveiled the conceptual design of the South Terminal Redevelopment Program in 2010 that includes the construction of a train station to connect the airport to downtown Denver's Union Station as part of the FasTracks buildout. The program also includes a planned 500-room hotel and conference center connected to Jeppesen Terminal. The South Terminal Redevelopment Program is expected to create more than 6,600 jobs and is scheduled for completion in 2016.
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