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Denver International Airport

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About the airport

Also known as Denver Jeppesen International Airport, Denver International Airport can be found 23 miles northeast of downtown Denver. This attractive airport is famous for its original interior designs that provide an attraction in themselves and draw a large number of visitors to the airport from all over the USA and beyond. Part of the reason for the airport’s overwhelming popularity is its prominent location as well as the fact that this is a major hub for connecting flights travelling long distance between destinations in Europe and Asia. The airport covers an area of 53 square miles, making it the largest airport in the whole of the USA. In fact, the airport is the second largest air transportation hub in the whole world, falling just behind King Fahd International Airport in terms of size. Denver International Airport also boasts the longest runway in the whole of the USA, while in 2013 a reported 52,556,359 passengers passed through the airport’s doors, which made it the fifth busiest airport in the whole world and the busiest by far in the USA.

Denver International Airport is a major hub for United Airlines, who offer flights to a large number of destinations including Boston, Baltimore, Kansas City, San Francisco, Sioux Falls and San Antonio. The airport is also served by Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines and Lufthansa. These airlines and dozens more regularly carry passengers to and from a wide range of world class destinations including London, New York, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Ontario and Ohio. The most popular destination among people who are flying out of Denver International Airport is Los Angeles, with nearly a million people choosing this destination in 2012 alone, while London is the most attractive destination among international travellers.

Passengers who find that their flight is delayed will want to spend time admiring the unique design of the bridge that connects Concourse A to Jeppesen Terminal. Checking out the buffet-style dining facility is an excellent option for passengers who want to refuel while waiting for their flight, while there are also plenty of shopping outlets for people who want to spend their time bagging a few bargains. Art lovers will also want to spend time spotting and admiring the airport’s numerous artistic features, which include gargoyles hiding in suitcases above the exit doors at baggage claim and public art works in the underground train linking the main terminal to each of the concourses.

The short History of Denver’s Airport

Unlike many of the other prominent and well known airports in the USA, Denver International Airport was established fairly recently, which has allowed modern design features and concepts such as solar panels to play a major role in its conception. However, the unique design of this airport and the planners demand for excellence caused several delays and although money was set aside in 1989 the first flight did not depart from the airport until 1995.
However, once the airport had finally opened its doors to passengers it proved to be highly successful, mainly due to some of the design features that had caused such long delays such as the automated baggage system. Due to the ever growing demand for air travel among people in the USA and the rest of the world, plans are currently underway to extend Denver International Airport and in keeping with the already grand design there are plans for an elaborate roof and other impressive features.
Naturally, all the setbacks that Denver International Airport experienced in its early days cost its investors millions of dollars. However, the trouble seems to have been more than worth it in the long run. These days Denver International Airport is widely recognised as being one of the best designed and managed airports in the world and it is constantly winning awards for excellence such as America’s Best Run Airport from Time Magazine and Best Airport in North America six years running by Business Traveler Magazine.

Delay, cancellation, overbooking or missed connection flight? You are entitled to:

Short distance up to 1500 kmMedium distance up to 3500 kmLong distance from 3500 km
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What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

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  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
250 €
3H Delay
400 €
1,500km – 3,500km
3H Delay
600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay


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