How is runway use determined at DIA?

Runway use is determined by variables such as weather, capacity, airport layout, aircraft performance, noise abatement procedures and aircraft density in the surrounding airspace. When wind conditions allow, traffic density and arrival/departure streams determine the runway use at the airport to ensure the most expeditious and safe flow of air traffic.

Each morning at DIA, ATC sets the airport's flow for the day, based on the prevailing winds. Due to the complexities of re-routing aircraft to alternative runway ends, the flow is not changed unless wind conditions require it.

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