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.Follow DEN on Twitter Follow DEN on Instagram
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DENVER – November 15, 2023 – Denver International Airport (DEN) today announced a record-breaking $742,307,800 million has been paid to historically underutilized businesses and Small Business Enterprise (SBE)-certified firms since 2021. That is an increase of 105% compared to the three years prior (2018-2020).
“We are proud of the work we have been doing to reduce barriers for small, women and minority-owned businesses,” DEN CEO Phil Washington said. “The numbers show that our work is making a difference and that DEN is providing opportunities for more businesses to share in our success while contributing to the economic health of our region.”
In federal fiscal year 2022, DEN also exceeded its federally determined business contracting goal of 27.6%. Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) achieved 31.95% for concessions. In addition, ACDBE concessions business revenue was the highest it’s been in the past six years, reaching more than $200 million in 2023 to date.
“At DEN, we value equity, diversity, inclusivity, accessibility and sustainability in all aspects of our business, including through contracting with the business community,” Washington added. “As such, it is critical to the success of the city, the airport and the business community that we not only promote the use of small businesses and historically marginalized groups of people, but also make impactful changes to our procedures that will increase access to city contracting opportunities for all businesses.”
Some of the equity enhancements to the procurement process include:
DEN has received feedback from the small business community regarding barriers to doing business at DEN. As a result of that feedback, DEN implemented the following outreach events:
DEN wants to ensure we share every opportunity and prepare small businesses for the best chance to succeed and create generational wealth.
To date in 2023, DEN has hosted 20 community outreach and engagement events specific to small business opportunities that have drawn a total of 1780 attendees:
As DEN continues to embed equity and make a meaningful impact within our community, this year the airport also launched a new program in partnership with the Colorado Department of Corrections and Bayaud Enterprises. DEN New Heights offers employment and work experience to individuals existing the justice system and transitioning into the workforce. Since April of 2023,16 of the 24 participants have attained full-time employment (outside of DEN) following their work experience in the program. The program is now being expanded to increase participation.
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