Denver International Airport is consistently named a passenger favorite, and is the proud recipient of dozens of national and international awards for excellence, including these recent examples:


2021 USA Today Readers’ Choice Award

  • Best Large Airport


2020 J.D. Power North America Airport Satisfaction Study

  • #4 Mega Airport


2020 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado Chapter

  • 2020 Twenty-five Year Award
    • Presented annually to a project that has “significantly influenced design and lifestyle in Colorado” and features a “timeless and enduring design that has created a sense of place” for at least 25 years


2020 Skytrax World Airport Awards

  • No. 5 World’s Best Airport – 60 – 70 Million Passengers (only airport in North America to place in the top five)
  • Ranked 37 out of 100 top airports in the world


2020 Green Fleet Award – 100 Best Fleets

  • DEN was the only airport named to the list of 50 and ranked second nationwide.


2020 American Planning Association – Colorado Chapter

  • Merit Award - Denver International Airport (DEN) Strategic Plan


2019-2020 Balchen Post Award (Best Snow Operations)

  • Large Commercial (Over 200,000 operations per year)


2019 Skytrax World Airport Awards

  • Best Regional Airport in North America
  • No. 2 Best Airport in North America (highest-rated U.S. airport)
  • No. 7 Word’s Best Regional Airport
  • No. 3 Best Airport Staff in North America

2019 Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Conference and Awards

  • Airport Health-Centered or Vegan Offer of the Year (Root Down)
  • Best Regional Airport Food Hall of the Year (Denver Central Market)

2019 Wall Street Journal

  • Named the second-best airport in the U.S. in the WSJ U.S. Airport Rankings

2018 J.D. Power

  • Ranked No. 4 among "mega" airports

2018 Global Traveler Trazees Awards

  • Third-place: Favorite Airport in North America
  • Second-place: Favorite Airport Shopping

2018 Speedtest by Ookla

  • Second-fastest airport Wi-Fi (behind Seattle-Tacoma International Airport) in the world
  • DEN was named fastest in 2016 and 2017

2018 OAG Aviation Punctuality Report

  • DEN ranked fourth worldwide among mega airports (more than 30 million annual passengers) for flight punctuality and second in the U.S. (behind Atlanta)

2018 Leisure Lifestyle Award

  • DEN recognized for its unique host of customer services, including its CATS program, DEN Events, etc.

2018 International Parking Institute Award of Excellence

  • DEN was recognized with “Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot” for its 61st and Pena Station Parking Facility