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DEN Operations Passes Annual FAA Inspection with No Discrepancies for the Second Year in a Row

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DENVER – Aug. 23, 2022 – Denver International Airport (DEN) just completed its annual facility and operations inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal inspectors found no discrepancies between DEN operations and FAA operating standards. This is the second year in a row and the fifth time in six years that DEN has passed the annual inspection with no discrepancies.

The annual “Part 139” inspection is conducted by the FAA and reviews airport operations as part of the annual airport certification process. Airport Operating Certificates are issued by the FAA and serve to ensure safety in air transportation by requiring airports to meet certain operational and safety standards and provide things such as firefighting and rescue equipment.

“We strive to provide safe and efficient operations for our airline partners and passengers and passing the inspection without any discrepancies for the fifth time in six years speaks to the hard work and dedication of our entire team including our federal partners and airlines,” said DEN CEO Phil Washington. “Our achievements aren’t just about one inspection, it is a culmination of training, self-inspections and maintenance of our assets throughout the year as well as our strong partnerships with the airport community.”

The FAA’s inspection includes the following areas of DEN’s operations:

  • Administrative, including airport files, paperwork, etc.
  • Movement area, including runways, taxiways, pavement, markings, lighting, signs, safety areas and more
  • Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), including a timed response drill, training records, equipment and emergency medical training
  • Fueling facilities, including the DEN fuel farm, fuel trucks and associated safety training
  • Night inspections, including nighttime runway, taxiway and apron lighting and signage

In 2021, DEN served 58.8 million passengers and was the third busiest airport in the world. Currently, 24 airlines provide nonstop service more than 210 destinations including more than 25 international cities in 14 countries. For the first half of 2021, DEN served 32,171,152 passengers, an increase of 30.2% as compared to the first half of 2021 and a decline of just 1.6% as compared to the first half of 2019. DEN is still ranked as the third busiest airport in the world and is projected to serve around 70 million passengers in 2022.


Denver International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $36 billion for the region annually. For more information visit www.FlyDenver.com, check us out on YouTube and Instagram, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for DEN’s monthly newsletter Nonstop News.


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