At more than 33,500 acres, Denver International is the largest airport in the U.S. by land size and at 16,000 feet the airport has the longest runway at any commercial airport in the country. Opened February 28, 1995, the airport is about 23 miles east of downtown Denver, a drive that takes 45 minutes in normal traffic.
The terminal complex features a central building (Jeppesen Terminal) for check-in and baggage claim and three concourses, lettered A, B and C, which are reachable using an underground automated people mover. Concourse A is also connected to the central building via bridge walkway. Frontier, Southwest and United airlines all have major operations at the airport. Passengers can reach all airline gates on all concourses without exiting the TSA secure area by using the underground Automated Guideway Transit System.
Ground transportation from the airport includes app ride services, taxis, shared-ride shuttles and car services, which are all located on level 5 (baggage claim level). Denver’s Regional Transit District offers rail service between the airport and Union Station downtown where passengers can use other services, including light rail and local and regional buses to reach other destinations in the metro area. Called the A Line, the rail ride between the airport and Union Station has six stops and is scheduled for 37 minutes. To reach the rail line stop at the airport follow the signs to the Transit Center on level 5 then proceed to the south exit and take the escalator in the center of the plaza down to level 1.
Frontier Airlines flights arrive and depart at gates on the A Concourse. Connecting passengers on other Frontier flights stay on the same concourse and do not exit the TSA secure area. Frontier’s check-in counters and baggage claim are on the Main Terminal’s East side.
Southwest Airlines flights arrive and depart at gates on the C Concourse. Connecting passengers on other Southwest flights stay on the same concourse and do not exit the TSA secure area. Southwest’s check-in counters and baggage claim are on the Main Terminal’s East side.
United Airlines flights arrive and depart at gates on the B Concourse. Connecting passengers on other United flights stay on the same concourse and do not exit the TSA secure area. United’s check-in counters and baggage claim are on the Main Terminal’s West side.
Embracing its cowboy and mining past and mixing it with a forward-looking attitude, the Denver metropolitan area of nearly 3 million people is the hub of the spectacular Rocky Mountain region for skiing as well as year-round outdoor activities.
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