Denver International Airport (DEN/KDEN)

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Denver International Airport

A record-breaking 58.3 million passengers used DEN in 2016 making it the 6th largest airport in North America and among the top 20 largest in the world.

  • Colorado’s population of over five million people makes it the 21st largest state in the U.S. Metro Denver itself is the 19th largest metro area in the U.S. by population, with about three million people. Most recently, Colorado’s population has been among the fastest-growing states in the U.S. due to an influx of millennials and strong economic growth. The metro region is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies and 18 Fortune 1000 companies with subsidiaries and branches worldwide. Lastly, Denver and Colorado have been setting tourism records in recent years due to massive amounts of visitors, domestic and internationally, traveling to the state.
  • Denver International Airport (DEN) has the 4th largest domestic network of destinations in the U.S. and has the fastest-growing domestic O&D passenger rate over the past 10 years among major U.S. hubs.
  • DEN serves over 180 nonstop destinations (over 160 domestic) and 24 airlines, the largest of which is United Airlines (42%), Southwest Airlines (30%) and Frontier Airlines (12%). Foreign-flag carriers at DEN include Air Canada, Aeromexico, Copa, British Airways, Icelandair, Lufthansa, Norwegian and Volaris.
  • DEN is only a 37-minute train ride from Denver Union Station in downtown.

Marketing/and other support

  • Marketing incentives and operational incentives are available and vary depending upon the destination or status of the carrier. See DEN’s Air Service Incentive page for more details.

freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • Freight: 684 metric tons per day on average in 2016.


Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport currently has six runways, but due to its capabilities to expand, it could grow to up to 12 runways.

  • DEN is located about 20 miles from downtown Denver.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways: Six non-intersecting. Five runways measure 12,000 feet in length and one runway (16R/34L) measures 16,000 feet making it the longest commercial runway in North America.
  • Not slot coordinated.
  • Operating hours: No curfews. U.S. Customs hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Terminals: One Terminal with three concourses: A, B and C.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • With 53 square miles (137.8 square kilometers) of land, DEN is one of the few major U.S. airports with room to expand its current facilities to accommodate future growth, which could include adding non-aeronautical revenue-generating opportunities.
  • DEN has capacity to add six additional runways, giving a grand total of 12.

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers: A record-breaking 58.3 million passengers used DEN in 2016 making it the 6th largest airport in North America and among the top 20 largest in the world. 96% of passengers travelled domestically and 4% internationally. About 63% of DEN’s traffic was O&D while 37% was connecting. Overall DEN had on average 1,564 daily flights in 2016.
  • Largest carrier: United Airlines was the largest marketing carrier in 2016 at DEN, however Southwest Airlines was the largest operating carrier.