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Two construction projects will impact traffic to and from Denver International Airport (DEN) this week.

Inbound Peña Blvd. lanes (heading to DEN) between Tower Rd. & the RTD bridge will be restored to their pre-existing, permanent alignment. A right inbound lane closure will be in effect from approximately 8 p.m. on May 28 to 4 a.m. on May 29. Additionally, crews will replace a damaged overhead electronic message board sign on May 28 and 29 on outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN). Work is expected to start around 10 p.m. on May 28 and finish around 4 a.m. on May 29, and again around 10 p.m. on May 29 to 4 a.m. on May 30. At approximately 1 a.m., between Tower Road and E 56th Avenue, a slow rolling closure of Peña Boulevard traffic will be implemented for less than 10 minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced. Crews will be transporting and setting bridge girders on E-470 over outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN) between 11 p.m. on May 30 until 6 a.m. on May 31. Between Jackson Gap Street and E-470, approximately once every hour, slow, rolling closures of Peña will be implemented for approximately seven minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced during this time.

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Memorial Day Kicks-Off Summer Travel at Denver International Airport


DENVER – May 24, 2022 – Summer is around the corner, and as the weather begins to heat up, so does demand for travel. Denver International Airport (DEN) is expecting high passenger volumes throughout the Memorial Day weekend, marking the beginning of a busy summer season.

From Thursday, May 26 through Tuesday, May 31, 2022, nearly 1.2 million passengers are forecasted to travel through DEN, meeting or exceeding passenger volume over the comparable period in 2019. DEN estimates the busiest days during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday will be Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day); both days are expected to see approximately 210,000 passengers move through the airport.

For those traveling this holiday weekend, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to go through security and navigate the airport before your flight. Passengers should arrive inside the airport at least 2 hours before their scheduled boarding time.

DEN offers the following tips to help passengers have a smooth traveling experience this Memorial Day weekend:

Security Checkpoints

DEN has worked closely with TSA to improve passenger flow through security, especially during heavy banks of flights. Since fall 2021, DEN has added four security lanes, for a total of 32, for use by TSA as staffing levels allow. Passengers should be aware of the following checkpoint changes.

North Security Checkpoint:

  • TSA PreCheck: This checkpoint is primarily for TSA PreCheck passengers
  • Clear Customers: A Clear lane is available on the east side of the North Security Checkpoint for those travelers who are Clear customers with TSA PreCheck
  • Premium/Premier Traveler Lane: This lane is available on the west side of the North Security Checkpoint

South Security Checkpoint:

  • Standard Screening: This checkpoint is dedicated to standard screening travelers
  • Clear Customers: A Clear lane is available at the South Security Checkpoint for those travelers without TSA PreCheck

A-Bridge Security Checkpoint:

  • Standard Screening: This checkpoint is primarily dedicated to standard screening travelers

Please note, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., the South Security Checkpoint is the 24-hour checkpoint that remains open overnight. During this time, PreCheck passengers will receive an expedited screening at the South Security Checkpoint.

Remote Bag Check

Passengers now have two ways to drop off their luggage and print their boarding pass before entering the airport. DEN’s free bag drop service is available on 75th Ave. near the Pikes Peak parking lot and at the transit center near the RTD A-Line.

The service saves passengers a trip to the check-in counter in the terminal and it eliminates the hassle of carrying luggage through the terminal. Bag drop is a free service offered by DEN and is available daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for domestic flights on United, Southwest, Delta, American, Alaska and Spirit. Flights to international destinations are not eligible for the bag check service.

Passengers using bag drop must be checked in and have dropped off their bags at least 90 minutes before their flight. Airline bag fees (if applicable) are paid at the bag drop kiosk. Passengers with lap infants must visit the ticket counter for the child’s boarding pass, per airline regulations. Learn more about Bag Check here.


All DEN on-site parking lots are open except valet parking in both garages and the Mt. Elbert lot, which opens if Pikes Peak reaches capacity.

The Pikes Peak Shuttle Lot is a great cost-effective parking option at only $8 a day. If the more than 8,000 spots fill at Pikes Peak, the Mount Elbert shuttle lot will open as an overfill lot. Learn more about all of DEN’s parking options and see real-time parking availability at

DEN has a total of 36 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available close-in on level 1 of the parking garages. There is no charge to use the stations, however, the standard garage parking rates apply. Learn more and see station locations here.

Park on the Plaza

From May 27-Oct. 2, the plaza – located between the Westin and the Jeppesen Terminal – will transform into a park that will give travelers and community members a refreshing, unexpected airport experience. The park includes native Colorado trees and outdoor lounge seating. On select days this year, the park will feature events like mini golf and live jazz performances. Learn more by visiting

Shopping and Dining

Getting to the airport early means extra time to enjoy DEN’s many shopping and dining options! Check out the offerings here.

Eats Delivered, powered by AtYourGate, delivers fresh and delicious food or travel supplies to passengers at their gate or other locations throughout the airport, eliminating the need to stand in line. The service is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and orders are delivered in approximately 30 minutes or less. Users can choose from participating shops and restaurants for meals or travel conveniences. Learn more about Eats Delivered by clicking here.

DEN Customer Service

While traveling through DEN, look out for one of over 80 DEN Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS) teams throughout our terminal and concourses. The DEN CATS is made up of four-legged volunteers who delight travelers with a friendly wag or furry cuddle. You’ll encounter them throughout the airport, sporting their distinctive violet plaid “Pet Me” vests. Hug, pet, and take pictures with DEN’s affectionate comfort crew!

Have a question about traveling through DEN? Passengers can reach out to DEN’s customer service team by calling (303) 342-2000 or (800) 247-2336. Text us your questions at (720) 370-9002. Passengers can also click the “Chat” button on to connect with one our DEN Live Agents via chat between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.

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, 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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