What Makes Denver International Airport Worthy To Catch Your Next Flight!

(Last Updated On: March 18, 2019)

Denver International Airport or DIA is an international airport of United States of America. It is located over 33,531 acres and is the largest airport in the United States on the basis of total land area. Along with that, the runway 16R/34L of the airport is the longest public use runway in the US with a length of approximately 16,000 feet.

DIA was the 18th busiest airport in the world in the year 2016 and support over 58 million passengers. Being the 3rd largest domestic connection network in the country, the airport supports 133 gates in total. The airport also supports the non-stop service to destinations in North America, Asia, Latin America, Europe, etc. Denver airport code is ‘DEN’.

The airport also wins the title of the “Best Airport in North America” by the readers of Business Traveler Magazine and that also 6 times in a row, from 2005 to 2010.

In the year 2017, DIA has been rated as the 28th “Best Airport in the World” by Skytrax which makes this airport to grab the second place in the United States.

Denver International Airport is the main hub for airlines like the Frontier Airlines and Great Lakes Airlines. DEN has also become the only airport in the US to have implemented an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system.

Terminals:

Following are the details of Denver International Airport terminals and the concourses present over there:

Jeppesen Terminal:

The Jeppesen Terminal at the airport is named after aviation safety pioneer Elrey Jeppesen. There are two covered and uncovered parking areas which are directly connected to the terminal with three garages and an economy parking lot too.

The Jeppesen terminal is separated into two terminals i.e. the west and the east terminals to regulate the drop-off and pickup service for the passengers.

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In addition to that, the north side of the Jeppesen Terminal contains a third security screening area with an immigration and customs area.

Hotel and Transit Center:

The hotels near Denver International Airport and Transit Center consist of three integrated functional areas that include the hotel, public land transportation, and public plaza.

This project involves a huge sum for its construction and was completed recently. The project includes a commuter rail train station and a 519-room hotel and conference center too. The architects for the project were Gensler and AndersonMasonDale.

Being the 82,000 square-foot public plazas, it is Denver’s newest venue for arts and entertainment. It provides an area for travelers to relax and enjoy art and views of the Rocky Mountains.

Concourses:

Denver Airport supports a total of three midfield concourses.

The Concourse A is accessible to a pedestrian bridge which is connected to the terminal building and to the underground train system (provides services to all the three concourses). To get an access to Concourses B and C, all the travelers need to use the service of the train.

The concourses and the main terminal of DIA are laid out similarly to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The only difference between the two is that DIA has no access to the satellite unit of T gates.

In order to offset the operating costs, DIA collects landing fees, rent and other revenues from the airlines.

  • Concourse A:

The Concourse A has 38 gates in total. Out of that, 12 are equipped to handle international arrivals and four of the international arrivals gates support the services of wide-body aircraft. The Concourse A supports all the international arrivals at the airport along with the departing flights of all international carriers.

Initially, the Concourse A was formed with a view to supporting the functioning of the Continental Airlines but due to its emergence from bankruptcy, Continental dismantles its hub immediately.

At this concourse, you will find two lounges which are located on the top floor of the central section of Concourse A. It includes names like American Airlines Admirals Club, Delta Air Lines Sky Club and more.

  •   Concourse B:

There are 70 gates in the Concourse. The United Airlines is the sole occupant of Concourse B. Hence the Mainline United flights are handled from the main concourse building and the United Express operations are managed at the east end of the concourse.

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You can easily find two United Clubs on the second floor of Concourse B which are situated about a few distance away from the people mover station.

  • Concourse C:

There are 27 gates in total at the Concourse C and the Southwest Airlines is the primary occupant of the concourse. There is a recent expansion seen at this concourse, after which five new gates are added to the west end of the Concourse. This expansion was completed in the year 2014 to consolidate all of its operations onto Concourse C.

  • Concourses D and E: (In Future)

Denver Airport has made all the planning for the formation of two more Concourses in future.

The Concourse D is to be built without making any change to the existing structure just the underground train system is required to be extended.

For the formation of the Concourse E, there is need to move the United Airlines hangar.

But without carrying out any type of activity on the concourse D or E, the already present concourses i.e. A, B and C will be extended in both the directions.

HOTELS:

Following are the list of hotels at Denver Airport:

S.No. HOTELS LOCATION
1 Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport This hotel is a part of the Denver International Airport’s on-site Hotel & Transit Center.
2 Hyatt House Denver Airport 5 minutes from the airport with free airport shuttle service, free Wi-Fi, and free parking
3 Red Lion Inn & Suites Denver Airport 5 minutes from the airport with free 24-hour airport shuttle
4 Best Western Plus Denver International Airport Inn & Suites 5 minutes from the airport with free 24-hour airport shuttle departs every 30 minutes
5 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver Airport 5 minutes from the airport with free 24-hour airport shuttle facility
6 Embassy Suites Denver International Airport 5 minutes from the airport with free airport shuttle service
7 Days Inn & Suites Denver International Airport 5.4 miles from Denver Intl Airport, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast
8 AmericInn Hotel & Suites Denver Airport 5.5 miles from Denver Intl Airport, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast
9 Home2 Suites by Hilton Denver International Airport 5.6 miles from Denver Intl Airport with free Wi-Fi and free parking
10 Baymont Inn & Suites Denver International Airport 5.6 miles from Denver Intl Airport with free Wi-Fi and breakfast service

LOUNGES:

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S.No. LOUNGES LOCATION
1 American Airlines Admirals Club ·         Located at Concourse A, Airside, north end of the A gates
2 Delta Sky Club ·         Located at Concourse A, Airside, Central Core
3 United Club ·         Located at Concourse B, airside, East Wing, Gate B44

·         Located at Concourse B, airside, West Wing, Gate B32

There is also the facility of a military lounge at the airport. For active members of the US military and their families, the USO offers a lounge free of charge. The amenities which you can avail here are video games, TV lounge, snacks, sleeping areas, computers, library, a childcare area and more. This is located at Terminal A (East Terminal), Concourse A, North End of A Gates Bridge.

FACILITIES:

TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES:
  • BUS:

At DIA, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) has provided the Public bus service to the passengers within the metro area only.

The new Denver Airport which is located at the DIA at the DEN Transit Center Station which will serve the RTD routes 145X, 169L, etc. This DEN Transit Center is at the south end of the Jeppesen Terminal.

Charter bus companies provide the prominent services to several locations in Colorado and surrounding states. You can find these charter buses at Jeppesen Terminal Level 5 to the east side as well as to the gates at the west side.

  • TAXIS:

At DIA, the passengers can easily enjoy the service of Taxicabs which also provide service to the Denver metro area and surrounding countries. There is the availability of services to other destinations through some companies. So check with your taxicab company and get full information on fares and destinations to be served.

  • Car Rentals:

There is another option for the passengers at the Denver International Airport which they can choose. It is hiring car rental companies. You can pick from Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Fox, Payless, and more. These are available at Level 5, Island 4, outside of doors 505-513 (east side) or 504-512 (west side).

WI-FI:

Passengers and travelers can enjoy free wireless internet access throughout the different terminals of the airport. All you need to do is to follow the following steps:

  • First of all, verify your wireless connection.
  • Select the network named, DEN Airport Free Wi-Fi and click on “Connect”
  • After that, you are ready to enjoy the free wi-fi connection on your devices like smartphones, laptop, etc.
BATTERY CHARGING FACILITY:

You can easily enjoy the facility of personal device charging stations at the airport where you can enjoy hundreds of easily-accessible electrical outlets. This facility is available throughout the Jeppesen Terminal and all the three concourses. Along with that, there is the availability of seating and work surface spaces with the battery charging stations.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

Passengers can avail the services of currency exchange at the airport. It is located at Jeppesen Terminal, landside (Level 5) and Center Cores of A and B Gates (airside).

MEDICAL FACILITY:

There is the availability of defibrillators for cardiac emergencies at the airport which is located in Jeppesen Terminal and at each Concourse also.

PET RELIEF AREAS:

If you are traveling with your four-legged friend, then you can easily enjoy the pet relief areas at the airport. It is located at airside in the center cores of each of the A, B, and C Gates, near US mail, drops. There are all the facilities over there like a drainage system, wall-mounted sink, hand soap, etc. The travelers can also avail the facility of the new indoor pet relief rooms which provide service animals and pet-companions with a comfortable and welcoming area. You can find these pet relief rooms in the centers of concourses A, B and C.

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TELEPHONES:

At DIA, there are arrangements for various public pay telephones for the deaf and hearing-impaired passengers. These are located throughout the terminal and concourses. In the case of any problem, the customer and special services staff can help you find a TTY unit.

SMOKING AREAS:

Passengers are not allowed to smoke anywhere at the airport except these designated areas:

  • Aviator’s Club Smoking Lounge which is located at Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6, West Side
  • Mesa Verde Smoking Lounge which is located at A Gates, Mezzannine Level
  • Smokin’ Bear Lodge, located at C Gates, Center Core

 

LOST & FOUND:

Passengers can get access to the Lost and Found Office at the Jeppesen Terminal near the International Arrivals. The timings in link with this are 8 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Friday. If you lose any of your items in public areas at the airport, then these are taken to Airport Lost and Found which is located in Jeppesen Terminal. The filing of a claim for the lost item can be done either in person or online.

ATMs:

Passengers can easily avail the facilities of Public Service Credit Union ATMs are in the Jeppesen Terminal and at all three concourses.

FOOD & DRINKS:

Passengers can enjoy a number of options in Dining at the airport which includes names like:

  • Dine at Denver International Airport
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Aviator’s Sports Bar & Bar-B-Que
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Big Bowl
  • Boulder Beer Tap House
  • Burger King
  • Cantina Grill
SHOPPING:

Along with the Dining, there is also a wide range of shopping services at the airport. Passengers can get the glimpse of following alternatives:

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  • Amore Fiori Flowers
  • Bee Fruity & Nutty
  • BluWire
  • Colorado Kernels and more.

Denver Airport Reviews:

  • B Mallow:

I came to Denver on a visit from Philadelphia and expected the same disaster as I did getting here. I would have been dead wrong. Check-in was at about 8.30am finished getting through security at about 9.05. I was shocked. There were easily 300 people on the waiting line and we never stopped moving once. 4 machines working to process people the TSA staff seemed to enjoy their work and were very courteous to their clients. The gates seemed a bit far away but that’s to be expected with an airport this big. The restaurants and bars in the terminal were modern and looked clean and well taken care of. The bathrooms were pristine and well stocked. Overall the only thing I found bad about this airport was that one of the electrical outlets didn’t work. I’ll gladly use it again.

  • S Hogan:

I live in Denver only and have traveled a lot by connecting through the Denver Airport frequently. As of my experience, flights from DIA are always late and I don’t know why or how they can’t figure out what’s going wrong with the airport process. As I travel frequently for work and go to much larger airports and really experience no problems like these.

  • Janey Buckley:

We flew from Denver to Indianapolis then La Guardia back to Denver during our motorcycling holiday in America. We found Denver Airport very easy to find our way around spacious and sparkling clean and modern. I like the concept of catching a train to our gate rather than those walking escalators most airports seem to have. I forgot that I had two mini key-ring/penknives in my cabin bag that I had bought at Yellowstone NP which of course showed up at security but security staff were very nice about it and showed me how to post them back to Australia.

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