DEN Overview

About Denver International Airport (DEN)

Since opening on Feb. 28, 1995, Denver International Airport (DEN) has become the world’s 18th-busiest airport and the sixth-busiest airport in the United States. With more than 58.3 million passengers in 2016, DEN is one of the busiest hubs in the world’s largest
aviation market, the United States, and is Colorado’s primary economic engine, generating more than $26 billion in annual economic impact for the state (Source: Colorado Department of Transportation, 2013).

  • Passenger traffic: 58,266,515 (2015)
  • Average daily passengers: 159,000
  • 111 gates with 32 ground load positions
  • The Jeppesen Terminal at DEN features 1.5 million square feet of space
  • DEN is one of the few major U.S. airports with room to expand its current facilities to accommodate future growth, encompassing 53 square miles (34,000 acres, or 137.8 square kilometers) of land, DEN is twice the size of Manhattan Island, and is larger than the city boundaries of Boston, Miami, or San Francisco. The four busiest airports in the United States - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles International, and Dallas Fort Worth - could collectively fit into DEN’s property  
  • DEN contains approximately 300 lane miles of roads (more than the distance from Denver to the Utah border)
  • The airport has 30 acres of parking lots with more than 44,255 public parking spaces (more than 23 football fields)
  • DEN has six runways
    • Five are 12,000 feet in length (3,600 meters) and 150 feet wide
    • One is 16,000 feet in length (4,800 meters) and 200 feet wide, and is the longest commercial runway in North America
  • DEN has more than 44,000 parking spaces
  • Number of snow removal equipment: 270
  • DEN is the largest airport site in North America and the second-largest in the world
  • The efficient layout of six non-intersecting runways allows for multiple simultaneous aircraft movements
  • DEN has capacity for six additional runways, another terminal, and two additional concourses
  • Denver’s Runway 16R/34L, which runs north-south and is 16,000 feet long, is the longest commercial runway in the United States.  It is one of the reasons DEN has received ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) certification to handle Airbus 380 operations.
  • 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 were located across the Great Plains
  • DEN currently offers a total of about 140 shops, restaurants and services in more than 177,000 square feet of space
  • The airport’s shopping, dining and services program ended 2015 with $335,763,083 in gross revenue, which is 4 percent higher than the $322,858,875 generated by the program in 2014
  • DEN's concessions revenue translates to an average of $12.43 per enplaned passenger in 2015 – an increase of 2.9 percent over the $12.08 per enplanement in 2014 and an all-time high for DEN. The sales resulted in an estimated $12,255,116 in sales tax to the City and County of Denver and about $57,589,038 million in concessions revenue to DEN. The airport relies on revenue from airline and non-airline sources, as no taxpayer money received by the city’s General Fund is used for DEN expenditures.