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Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport
Airport information
IATADEN
ICAOKDEN
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Airport typePublic
OwnerCity & County of Denver Department of Aviation
ServesDenver, Front Range Megalopolis, Northern Colorado, Eastern Colorado
LocationNortheastern Denver, Colorado
Hub
Elevation1655 m (5431 ft)
Statistics2010
Aircraft operations635445
Passengers51985038

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Denver International Airport , often referred to as DIA, is an airport in Denver, Colorado. By land size, at 53 sqmi (137.3 km2), it is the largest international airport in the United States, and the third largest international airport in the world after King Fahd International Airport and Montréal-Mirabel International Airport. Runway 16R/34L is the longest public use runway in the United States.

So far this year, January-May 2011, Denver International Airport is the 11th-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic with 20,608,318 passengers. It was also the fifth-busiest airport in the world by aircraft movements with over 635,000 movements in 2010.

The airport is located in northeastern Denver, Colorado, and is operated by the City and County of Denver. Denver International Airport is the busiest and largest airport in the United States without non-stop service to and from Asia, although the airport is actively seeking such flights. DIA was voted Best Airport in North America by readers of Business Traveler Magazine five years in a row (2005 2009) and was named "America's Best Run Airport" by Time in 2002.

Denver International Airport is the main hub for low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines and commuter carrier Great Lakes Airlines. It is also the second-largest hub for United Airlines (after Chicago's O'Hare International Airport). Following United's merger with Continental Airlines, the airport will be the fourth largest hub for United after Houston, Chicago, and Newark respectively. The airport is also a focus city for Southwest Airlines. Since commencing service to Denver in January 2006, Southwest has added over 40 destinations, making Denver its fastest-growing market.

Denver International Airport is the only airport in the United States to have designed and implemented an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system that covers the entire airport.


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