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Denver International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world.

Since opening on Feb. 28, 1995, Denver International Airport (DEN) has become one of the world’s busiest airports. In 2022, 69.3 million passengers passed through DEN, making DEN the world’s third-busiest airport during the global pandemic. DEN is Colorado’s primary economic engine, generating $36.4 billion in annual economic impact for the state.

DEN has plenty of room to grow to expand its current facilities and accommodate growth. The airport operates on 53 square miles (34,000 acres, or 137.8 square kilometers) of land. That means DEN’s area is twice the size of Manhattan, and larger than the city boundaries of Boston, Miami or San Francisco. In terms of airports, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles International and Dallas Fort Worth could collectively fit into DEN’s expansive property.

DEN’s award-winning architecture and magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains create a unique atmosphere for travelers. Jeppesen Terminal’s internationally recognized peaked roof, designed by Fentress Bradburn Architects, is reflective of snow-capped mountains and evokes the early history of Colorado, when Native American teepees dotted the Great Plains.

3rd Busiest

Airport in the US and world based on 2022 passenger traffic reports


Million passengers served in 2022 set an all-time record

3.3 million+

International travelers in 2022, 74.7% more than 2021 and 4.6% more than 2019

725 Million

Pounds of cargo volume in 2022, the first time exceeding 700 million pounds since 2003

Denver International Airport By The Numbers

Denver International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. With over 69 million passengers traveling through the airport in 2022, DEN is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating $36.4 billion for the region annually.

To balance out the reality of record-setting passengers traveling through DEN, we’ve been working hard to improve our travelers’ experience by opening new, expanded areas throughout the airport.

What Makes DEN Unique?

  • DEN served 1.4 million international passengers in 2022
  • DEN served 200+ nonstop destinations
  • Average daily passengers: 187,705 (YTD Sept 2022)
  • Total number of gates: 148 narrow-body contact gates and 21 apron-load positions for commuter/regional aircraft
  • The Jeppesen Terminal features 2.6 million square feet of space
  • The approximately 240,000 square-foot tent roof is held up by 34 masts and is large enough to cover more than four football fields
  • DEN has approximately 300 lane miles of roads (more than the distance from Denver to the Utah border)
  • The airport has more than 31,000 public parking spaces
  • DEN is the largest airport site in North America and the second-largest in the world

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