The Denver International Airport opened in 1995, and served 49.86 million passengers in 2007. The airport is located 24 miles northeast of downtown Denver, which causes locals to joke that the airport is actually in Kansas.
The airport has three concourses (A, B, and C), which are all connected by train to the terminal. United and subsidiary Ted take up the entire Concourse B, leaving other airlines to fly in and out of A and C.
Denver International Airport serves as a hub for both United Airlines and Frontier Airlines. A total of 21 airlines fly in and out of Denver.
Book flights to Denver
- Air Canada
- Airtran Airways
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Champion Air
- Continental Airlines
- Great Lakes Airlines
- Horizon Air
- jetBlue Airways
- Mesa Airlines
- Midwest Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Sun Country Airlines
- US Airways
Taxis, rental cars, buses and shuttles depart from DIA to Denver and surrounding areas. At this time, there is no light rail service to the airport, although it is part of the long-term plan for expansion. Taxis cost a minimum of $55 from the airport to downtown Denver. Many travelers rent cars when visiting Denver due to the city's somewhat limited public transportation.
Denver International Airport offers economy and garage parking for both the East and West terminals. Rates for 2008 are $18 per day for garage parking and $9 per day for economy parking. The airport also offers shuttle parking in its Mt. Elbert and Pikes Peaks lots for $5 per day. Private companies such as USAirport Parking also offer parking near the airport.
Although most airport food costs twice as much and tastes half as good, there are several edible options at Denver International Airport.
- Pour la France: The French bistro offers hearty breakfasts at their sit-down restaurant in Concourse B, as well as tasty to-go breakfast croissants.
- Red Rocks Bar: The restaurant/bar in the Terminal takes BBQ to a Mile-High level with heaping sandwiches and local brews such as Fat Tire.
- Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: The confectionary in Concourse B offers plenty of chocolate goodness to carry with you on-board.
Denver International Airport offers souveneir shopping for Western wear at shops such as Spirit of the Red Horse and Way Out West. Travelers can also pick up neccessities such as lotion at the Body Shop or paperbacks at Hudson Booksellers. One of Colorado's trendiest exports, Crocs, can also be found in the Concourse B Mezzanine.
Security lines at Denver International Airport can be some of the longest in the country. Officials recommend arriving at least two hours prior to your flight to allow enough time to get through screening. All passengers must go through screening adminstered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA.)
Denver International Airport provides the following services:
- ATMs: The Public Service Credit Union administers 14 ATMs in DIA. The ATMs charge a fee for members outside the network.
- Internet Access: DIA offers wireless internet access free of charge in all concourses. The network ID is DIAFREEWIFI.
- Post Office: A full-service post office is located on level 6 of the terminal. Hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Sat.