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Denver International Airport Expects a
Busy Travel Period  for the Fourth of July Holiday 

DENVER – June 29, 2022 –It’s officially summer and that means it’s time to travel. Early July to mid‐August has historically been the busiest months of the year at Denver International Airport (DEN) and this year is projected to be no different.

From Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5, 2022, nearly 1.2 million passengers are forecasted to travel through DEN, meeting or exceeding passenger volume over the comparable period in 2019. The busiest days are expected to be Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1; both days are expected to see approximately 220,000 passengers move through the airport.

For those traveling this holiday weekend, here are some tips to help make your journey through DEN smooth and efficient:

Before Your Flight

Check your flight status with your airline for up‐to‐date delay or cancellation information. Be sure to arrive at the airport at least two‐hours before your flight to ensure plenty of time to check in and get through security.

Security Checkpoints

In partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), DEN has recently made some minor changes to our security checkpoints. There are now a limited number of PreCheck lanes at the South Security Checkpoint and a limited number of standard screening lanes at the North Security Checkpoint. The additional lanes will provide passengers arriving from the hotel and transit center on the south end and international arrivals on the north end more options to access the appropriate screening lanes on either end of the terminal. In all, DEN has 32 screening lanes available for use by TSA as staffing levels allow.

Due to the current lane configuration, passengers are still strongly encouraged to use the primary checkpoints for TSA PreCheck (North) and standard screening (South) as outlined below. Each of these checkpoints provide the appropriate lanes for an expedited experience through the checkpoint. Passengers can also check for real‐time security wait times to help select the best checkpoint.

North Security Checkpoint: Primary checkpoint for TSA PreCheck passengers: Open 4 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • TSA PreCheck: This checkpoint is primarily for TSA PreCheck passengers
  • CLEAR Customers: A CLEAR lane is available on the east side of this checkpoint for travelers who are CLEAR customers with TSA PreCheck
  • Premium/Premier Traveler Lane: This lane is available on the west side of this checkpoint
  • Standard Screening: There will be up to three standard screening lanes open

South Security Checkpoint: Open 24/7 as the Primary checkpoint for Standard Screening (see TSAPreCheck hours below)

  • Standard Screening: This checkpoint is dedicated to standard screening travelers
  • TSA PreCheck: There will be up to two TSA PreCheck lanes open from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. PreCheck passengers traveling after 8 p.m. will receive an expedited screening through the standard lanes at this checkpoint.
  • CLEAR Customers: A CLEAR lane is available at this checkpoint for standard screening. CLEAR customers with TSA PreCheck may use this lane, but are strongly encouraged to utilize the lane on the North Security Checkpoint for a more efficient experience

A‐Bridge Security Checkpoint: Open from approximately 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Standard Screening: This checkpoint is dedicated to standard screening travelers. TSA PreCheck is not available at this checkpoint.

Remote Bag Check

Passengers now have two ways to drop off their luggage and print their boarding passes 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 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

Through Oct. 2, the plaza – located between the Westin and Jeppesen Terminal – has transformed 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. Additionally, free mini golf is now available on the plaza through July 17. The custom 10‐hole course includes challenging holes and obstacles. 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, Eats Delivered will bring 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 of 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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