Denver International Airport (Guide)

Denver International Airport (IATA: DEN, ICAO: KDEN, FAA LID: DEN), also known as DIA, serves Denver, Colorado, and the elongate region Front Range Urban Corridor. DIA is an international airport, which by the total land area is the biggest airport in North America and the second biggest in the world and fifth-busiest in the world by the aircraft movements.

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Denver International Airport (Guide)

Denver International Airport (IATA: DEN, ICAO: KDEN, FAA LID: DEN), also known as DIA, serves Denver, Colorado, and the elongate region Front Range Urban Corridor. DIA is an international airport, which by the total land area is the biggest airport in North America and the second biggest in the world and fifth-busiest in the world by the aircraft movements.

The airfield at DIA has the room for twelve runways; however, there are six runways at the moment – two east-west: 8/26 and 7/25, and four north-south 17R/35L, 17L/35R, 16R/34L, and 16L/34R. The length of five runways is 12,000 ft and has a width of 150 ft. The length of the sixth runway is 16,000 ft with a diameter of 200 ft. Denver International Airport can accommodate 36 aircraft at the same time.

The Runway 16R/34L is the longest commercial runway in North America with its length of 16,000 ft. There are 205 non-stop flights from the airport to destinations in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Frontier Airlines and United Airlines have hubs at Denver International Airport, and Southwest Airlines has its main operating base here.

Denver Airport Top Destinations

Top destinations from the airport are: Los Angeles, California; Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona; Chicago-O’Hare, Illinois; Las Vegas, Nevada; San Francisco, California; Seattle/Tacoma, Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. The busiest international destinations according to the statistics in 2017 are Cancun, Mexico; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto-Pearson, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; London-Heathrow, United Kingdom; Calgary, Canada; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Munich, Germany; and Tokyo-Narita, Japan.

There are four solar photovoltaic arrays on the airport property – Solar I, Solar II, Solar III, and Solar IV. There is a theory that runways at the airport make a shape of a swastika with the way they are laid out.

The History of Denver International Airport

From 1929 to 1995, Stapleton International Airport was the primary airport serving Denver, Colorado. During these years, Denver had been hosting hubs of many dominant airlines in the country. The gate space was extremely limited at Stapleton, and the runways at the airport could not deal efficiently with weather and wind patterns in Denver, so travel disruptions were common to that period. The airport also had noise-violation lawsuits, and flight delays were widespread.

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), from 1980 to 1983, looked into six areas for building a new airport. In 1989 the Denver Mayor Federica Pena and federal officials approved the first charges for construction of the airport - $60 million, nowadays equivalent to $121 million. The airport was scheduled to open on October 29, 1993. Wellington Web, the new mayor, inherited the project in 1991.

Repeated design changes because of the changing requirements from United Airlines and poor planning of the project caused significant delays. The opening day was pushed to December of 1993 and then to May 15, 1994, but the date soon got canceled.

Fly-in took place on September 25, 1994. The new airport replaced Stapleton International Airport on February 28, 1995. The project was 16 months behind schedule, and its cost reached $4,8 billion, which is equivalent to $7,9 billion today. Eleven thousand workers were employed at the construction. The first flight to depart from the airport was United Airlines flight 1062 to Kansas City International Airport, and the United’s flight 1474 was the first to arrive at the airport from Colorado Springs Airport.

In March of 2003, during the blizzard, because of the hole in the roof caused by heavy snow, the airport closed for almost two days, and thousands of passengers were unable to fly from the airport. The blizzard in 2003 was not the only one to cause the closure of the airport; in 2006, Denver International Airport closed for 45 hours due to heavy snow. Because of this incident, the airport got new snow-removal equipment that reduced the runway occupancy time. According to the FAA, in 2004, DIA was the top airport in the country for on-time arrivals.

Information about the City of Denver

Denver is the capital and the most inhabited city in Colorado, United States. The population of Denver, according to the statistics in 2017 is 704,621, making it the 19th most populated city in the country. The city’s elevation is one mile above the sea level, which is a reason for its nickname – Mile High City.

The city got its name after an American politician, lawyer, soldier, and a governor of Kansas Territory – James W. Denver.

According to Globalization and World cities research, Denver is a Beta world city – a city that is a primary node in the global economic network.

The city has the Rocky Mountains to the west and High Plains to the east. Hilly areas in the city are to the north, west, and south. Denver has 153 square miles of land and 1,6 square miles of water, according to the United States Census Bureau. Denver is surrounded by Adams County to the north and east, Jefferson County to the west, and from the south and east by Arapahoe County.

Not even a single person resided in Denver in 1858, but it took only 30 years to reach 200,000 in the population – boom caused by the Gold Rush.

According to the 2010 Census, Denver was the 24th most populated city in the US with a population of 600,158, and the density was 3,698 people per square mile. 68,9% of the population was White, 52,2% Non-Hispanic Whites, 10,2% Black or African American, 3,4% Asian or Asian American, 31,8% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 1,4% Native American, 0,4% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 9,2% some other race, and 4,1% two or more races.

According to the Census of the same year, about 70,3% of Denver’s population spoke only English at home, while 23,5% spoke Spanish at home. In terms of genetics, Mexicans were 31,2%, 14,6% has German ancestors, a population with Irish ancestry made 9,7%, and 8,9% were of English and 4% of Italian ancestry.

Denver has several sister cities around the world – Brest, Brittany, France; Takayama, Gifu, Japan; Nairobi, Kenya; Karmiel, Israel; Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico; Potenza, Basilicata, Italy; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India; Kunming, Yunnan, China; Axum, Ethiopia; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Baghdad Governorate, Iraq.

Colorado is rated as the sixth most bicycle-friendly state in the country by the League of American Bicyclists, and Denver is the third most bicycle-friendly city by Walk Score. In the 50 largest cities in the country, Denver is a sixteenth most walkable city.

Denver City Hotels

The Westin Denver International Airport

The Westin Denver International Airport is located 0,7 miles away from Denver International Airport. The hotel has 35 suites and 519 soundproof guest rooms. The hotel features a swimming pool, free internet, Bar/Lounge, a banquet room, a concierge, dry cleaning, hot tub, laundry service, multilingual staff, paid internet, room service, a restaurant, fitness center with the gym, business center with internet access, conference facilities, an indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, paid Wi-Fi, and wheelchair access.

There are accessible rooms at the hotel, along with guest rooms and suites. All rooms feature a refrigerator and air-conditioning. Address: 8300 Pena Blvd, Denver, CO 80249-6310

HYATT House Denver Airport

Hyatt House Denver Airport is located 5,3 miles from the airport. The hotel provides the free shuttle service from and to the airport. The hotel features a swimming pool, heated pool, and an indoor swimming pool, fitness center with Gym/Workout room, room service, babysitting service, conference facilities, meeting rooms, self-serve laundry, free Wi-Fi, breakfast included in the price of a room, a business center with internet access, dry cleaning, hot tub, laundry service, and multilingual staff. The hotel is a pet-friendly and non-smoking facility.

Rooms at the hotel feature a Kitchenette, a microwave, and a refrigerator. All rooms are non-smoking and feature air-conditioning. Address: 18741 E 71st Ave, Denver, CO 80249-7375

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center is situated 4,9 miles from the airport. The hotel features a swimming pool, a restaurant, spa, airport shuttle service from and to Denver International Airport, breakfast (not included in the price of a room), activities for children, conference facilities, hot tub, meeting rooms, paid Wi-Fi, wheelchair access, room service, bar/lounge, fitness center with gym/workout room, babysitting service, a business center with internet access, a concierge, dry cleaning, laundry service, multilingual staff, paid internet, public Wi-Fi, and a tennis court.

Accessible rooms, family rooms, suites, and guest rooms are available at the hotel. There are a refrigerator and air-conditioning in every room. Address: 6700 N Gaylord Rockies Blvd, Aurora, CO 80019-2198.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Airport

Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Airport is located 5,7 miles from Denver International Airport. The hotel offers free transportation for guests traveling from or to the airport with the free hotel shuttle. The hotel features a swimming pool, fitness center with gym/workout room, breakfast included in the price of a room, a business center with internet access, dry cleaning, an indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, self-serve laundry, wheelchair access, a free parking space, free Wi-Fi, conference facilities, a heated pool, laundry service, multilingual staff, and public Wi-Fi.

Rooms at the hotel feature air-conditioning, a microwave, and a refrigerator. There are guest rooms, family rooms, and suites at the hotel. Address: 6851 Tower Rd, Denver, CO 80249-6327

SpringHill Suites Denver Airport

SpringHill Suites Denver Airport is situated 5,8 miles from Denver International Airport, and the shuttle service from and to the airport is provided for free for guests at the hotel.

The hotel features free parking space, free Wi-Fi, a Bar/Lounge, a business center with internet access, dry cleaning, an indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, self-serve laundry, wheelchair access, fitness center with gym/workout room, breakfast included in the cost of a room, conference facilities, a heated pool, laundry service, multilingual staff, and public Wi-Fi.

There are guest rooms, family rooms, and suites at the hotel. All rooms feature a microwave and a refrigerator. Address: 18350 E 68th Ave, Denver, CO 80249-6321.

Denver City Weather and Time

Denver is in the Mountain Standard Time Zone UTC/GMT -7 hours.According to Köppen climate classification, Denver is in the semi-arid, continental climate zone. Although Denver has a partially dry climate, Humid Continental and subtropical microclimates are existent here. There are four seasons in the city with most of the precipitation from April through August. Sudden changes in weather occur due to the location of the city inland on the High Plains, and at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

Temperatures in the summer range from warm to hot sometimes with severe thunderstorms. The warmest month in Denver is in July and has an average daily temperature of 74,2 F.Thirty-eight days per year reach 90 F (23,4 C) and rarely even 100 F (38 C).

Winter is characterized by some periods of cold and snow, interchanging with periods of milder weather because of the warming effect caused by Chinook winds. Winter daily highs can go over 60 F (16 C) but sometimes cannot even reach 32 F (0 C) in the periods of cold weather. Coldest nights of the year can have temperatures like -10 F (-23 C) or even below. The coldest month of the year is December with a daily average of 29,9 F (-1,2 C). Annual snowfall average from 1981 to 2010 is 53,5 inches. Snowfalls usually occur in the late fall, winter, and early spring.

Although tornadoes are rare in the area, they might occur, and one notable tornado happened in 1988 with the intensity of F3 on a Fujitsu Scale. Every spring and summer the suburbs on the east of Denver usually see few tornadoes, which are weak and not dangerous. An atmospheric phenomenon called Denver Convergence Vorticity Zone (DCVZ) takes place annually and enhances in June usually north and east of downtown including the airport.

The wettest month in Denver is in May with an average precipitation of 29,8 mm and the driest month is January with 12 mm of rainfall. The annual rainfall per year averages at 184,8 mm. The windiest month in the city is in April with 15 km/h average wind speed.

Denver City Map

16thStreet Mall

The 16thStreet Mall is a 1,25 mile-long pedestrian mall in Denver running along 16thStreet in downtown Denver. Many local folk, country, and vocal musicians perform at the mall on the street. Travelers wanting to enjoy a meal outdoors can visit one of 42 outdoor cafes along the mall. A shopping and dining complex are featuring 12 movie theatres near the south end of the mall called Denver Pavilions. 16thStreet at the north end of the mall continues as a pedestrian path leading to Commons Park and LoHi – a hip neighborhood full of restaurants and shops.

Avenue Theatre

The 6-minute car ride to east and south of the city will take you to the Avenue Theatre in Denver, which has been producing numerous plays, musicals, comedies, and improvisational comedy for 34 years. The theatre was founded in 1985 but at a different location 17 blocks away from the current address. Santa's Big Red Sack is the longest-running show at the theatre that has been around for almost ten years. A theatre is an excellent place for visitors who want to see comedy and theatre in Denver.

Denver Botanic Gardens

A 6-minute car ride to the south-east side of the city from the Avenue theatre will take you to the Denver Botanic Gardens. The garden is situated in Cheesman Park and is a public botanical garden. Denver Botanic Garden has three diverse locations. The formal garden and the primary site is the York Street location. The garden near Chatfield State Park has a historic farm and homestead, as well as natural meadow and riparian areas. The garden near Cheesman Park is situated on the land that used to be Prospect Hill Cemetery.

The largest collection in North America of plants from cold temperate climates of the world is featured at Denver Botanic Gardens. Additionally, seven diverse gardens are featured at the Denver Botanic Gardens with mostly plants from Colorado and its neighbor states.

Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is on the west from the Denver Botanic Gardens. The museum is situated in the Civic Center of Denver. American Indian Art and other important collections are being kept at the museum.

There are nine curatorial departments at the museum – Architecture, Design, and Graphics; Asian Art; Modern and Contemporary Art; Native Arts; New World; Western Art; Painting and Sculpture; Textile Art and Fashion; and Photography.

Molly Brown House

The home of American philanthropist, activist, and socialite Margaret Brown, who is also known under a nickname “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” – due to the fact that she survived the sinking of Titanic, is located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street in Denver, Colorado. The home is a house museum that features exhibits from her life.

Although the house was set for demolition in 1970, Historic Denver, Inc. was formed by citizens, and they raised funds to restore the house. Original photographs were used during the restoration to guide the reconstruction of the house.