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Update from DEN: Monday morning passengers at DEN experienced significant lines across all security screening checkpoints resulting in lengthy wait times to get through security.

We’ve been in contact with local and national TSA leadership to understand what resources and staffing they had in place this morning, how the lanes were being operated, what advance planning took place, traffic projections, equipment issues and more. At the same time, we are reviewing our own operation regarding how we manage the lines outside the checkpoint. TSA and DEN continue to work together in partnership to address the challenges we are having so that we can best accommodate the numbers of passengers traveling through DEN, particularly at peak times. We are encouraged by the performance of the equipment in the new West Security Checkpoint and the vast majority of times, wait times are below 10 minutes. However, we know there was a problem during peak time on the morning of Feb. 26 and we are going to do everything we can possibly do, working with TSA and our airlines, to fix this situation. Our passengers deserve an amazing, efficient and positive travel experience and we are committed to providing just that.

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

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DENVER – Aug. 22, 2023 – Denver International Airport (DEN) completed its annual facility and operations inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and certification inspectors found no discrepancies with DEN’s compliance under 14 CFR Part 139 regulations. This is the third year in a row and the sixth time in seven years that DEN has passed the annual certification inspection with zero findings.

The annual “FAR Part 139” inspection is conducted by the FAA Airport Safety & Standards branch and ensures the airport’s compliance with all applicable FAA regulations 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 services such as firefighting and rescue equipment.

“The entire team at DEN, including our federal partners and airlines, is dedicated to the safety of our passengers and employees,” DEN CEO Phil Washington said. “We remain focused on training, self-inspections, and maintenance of our critical assets so that we are operating in the best possible way. Having zero discrepancies for multiple years in our Part 139 inspection is a testament to the commitment and dedication of our team.”

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 2022, DEN served 69.3 million passengers and was the third busiest airport in the world. With the recent announcement of DEN’s newest airline, Aer Lingus starting service to Dublin in May of 2024, the airport is now home to 24 airlines providing nonstop service to a total of 28 international destinations in 16 countries. Forecasts indicate DEN will continue to set passenger traffic records for 2023 with between 78 and 79 million passengers.


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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