Denver International Airport is one of the main gateways to the state of Colorado, North America, and is known as one of the largest airports in the world. It has served the city of Denver since the 1990’s when it replaced the Stapleton International Airport that had no more room for growth. It is often referred to as DIA, and its IATA code is DEN. Flights arrive at the airport from a large number of local and international destinations, and all passengers on Denver arrival flights will find the terminal to be well equipped for their needs, well designed and relatively easy to find their way around. There are also several forms of transport for arriving passengers to travel to Denver from the airport.
Denver International Airport is found to the northeast of Denver, on a large piece of land (53 square miles). The airport is considered as the largest in the United States in terms of land area, and has plenty of room for expansion. In the far future, the airport will easily be able to handle over one hundred million passengers per annum, double the quantity it currently serves. The airport is off Pena Boulevard, to the east of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Commerce City, to the north of Cherry Creek State Park and Aurora and to the south of the Platte Valley Airpark and Barr Lake State Park. In the state of Colorado, the airport also provides an important gateway to skiers heading for the Rocky Mountains, and to the cities of Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Colorado Springs, which are all in the nearby vicinity.
The airport is an excellent arrival point for business travellers and tourists, as the city is known to have a thriving economic standpoint, and many world-class tourist attractions. The Denver Zoo and the Downtown Aquarium are two popular attractions for animal-lovers, and the Denver Botanic Gardens are a special treat. Nearby is also the Six Flags Elitch Gardens Theme Park, which is the ideal family attraction with many fast rides and other forms of entertainment. Larimar Square is favourite area for shopping and dining, and the city boasts a large number of interesting museums, such as the Children’s Museum of Denver and the Firefighters Museum.
Denver International Airport arrival flights are available from a wide variety of worldwide destinations. The majority of flights arrive from other American airports, such as those of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Seattle, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Kansas City and New York. Denver Airport is a hub for the low-cost airline carrier of Frontier Airlines, for the commuter carrier of Great Lakes Airlines and is the fourth largest hub for United Airlines. The airport is also a focus city for Southwest Airlines, which handles about 24% of the airport’s passenger traffic. Additional important domestic carriers include US Airways, Spirit Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.
Flights arrive at Denver International Airport from many international destinations as well, such as cities in Canada (Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto), England (London), Germany (Frankfurt) and Mexico (Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City). The airline companies with international flights to Denver Airport include British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Canada, United Express, Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Icelandair and Frontier Airlines.
Arriving passengers will find that Denver Airport has three concourses and a large terminal for the majority of passenger facilities. The concourses are known as A, B and C, and the main terminal is referred to as the Jeppesen Terminal, in honour of Elry B. Jeppesen. Passengers will arrive at one of the concourses, and then make their way to the baggage reclaim areas on Level 5 of the Jeppesen Terminal. All international flights, besides those from airports with US border preclearance facilities, will arrive at Concourse A, while the majority of the airport’s domestic flights arrive at Concourses B and C. From Concourse A, an impressive passenger bridge is available for a link to the main terminal. The bridge is 365 feet in length, and high enough to allow some wonderful views over the airfield and the city of Denver. After the bridge, arriving passengers will take an escalator or elevator to the U.S. Customs and Immigration office in the Jeppesen Terminal. The Immigration agents will check your passport and other documents. Passengers will then collect their baggage and pass through the line for Customs services. A U.S. Customs officer will ask if you have any merchandise or currency to declare before entering the country. The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service can be contacted at (303)342-8400, or their website is found at http://www.dhs.gov.
Passengers arriving on domestic flights at Concourses B and C are further from the Jeppesen Terminal, and will need the airport train for transport. The train is free of charge, and links all buildings of the airport. In the Jeppesen Terminal the baggage reclaim facilities are found on Level 5, and passengers can be collected outside the terminal on Level 4. Arriving passengers can also be greeted at the end of the secure area of the pedestrian bridge on Level 6, or on Level 5 at either the train exit or at the appropriate baggage-claim carousel. The Jeppesen Terminal is well equipped with numerous airport shops and restaurants, currency exchange services, ATMs, a post office, baggage storage services, lost and found services and information booths. There also Airport Ambassadors who circulate the terminal, and who are able to provide assistance. They are recognized by their white cowboy hats. All levels of the Jeppesen Terminal and the concourses are accessible to disabled passengers.
Arriving passengers can leave Denver International Airport on public transport from Level 5 of the main terminal. There are several skyRide bus routes into the city that leave frequently from nearby bus stops, as well as charter buses, hotel shuttles and commuter shuttle services. Mountain shuttles can be arranged for transport to the nearby ski resorts. There are no direct train services from the airport, but taxis are available from outside the terminal to all nearby destinations. Further details regarding ground transport can be obtained from the Ground Transportation Booth on Level 5, telephone number (303)342-4059. The airport’s main telephone number is (303)342-2000.
Live Denver International Airport arrival flights can be viewed on various online websites.
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