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Navigating DIA throughout the holidays

Navigating DIA throughout the holidays

Denver Worldwide Airport provides recommendations on journey over the vacations.

DENVER — Denver Worldwide Airport (DIA) anticipates a busy vacation interval with over 2.7 million passengers projected to journey by Denver from Dec. 20, 2021 by Jan. 3, 2022. That is about 5% decrease than the identical interval in 2019 in line with a report. 

The busiest days for journey this 12 months might be Thursday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 27, and Wednesday, Dec. 29 with every of as of late anticipating over 200,000 whole vacationers at DIA and between 60,000 and 70,000 passengers touring by Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) checkpoints.

For these touring this vacation season, DIA has supplied these tricks to safely navigate the airport over the vacations.

Safety checkpoints

DIA and TSA have made adjustments to the operation of screening lanes so this can be very vital for passengers to pay attention to these adjustments to make sure they entry the right checkpoint. Moreover, DIA and TSA have elevated capability on the checkpoints by just lately including a brand new lane to the east aspect of the South Safety Checkpoint and previous to Thanksgiving, including further lanes on the North Safety Checkpoint and the A-Bridge Safety Checkpoint. Passengers can see reside safety wait occasions on


DIA’s Pikes Peak Shuttle lot might be open 24 hours by Jan 6. The East Economic system Lot and east and west valet are closed. DIA recommends that vacationers using the Pikes Peak Shuttle permit an additional half-hour to get to the terminal.

Passengers that aren’t driving can take the RTD A Line from Union Station, or meet a Journey App driver reminiscent of Uber or Lyft for pickup on Degree 5, Island 5 with different floor transportation companies.

Actual-time parking data could be discovered by checking

Bag Drop

Bag drop is open every day from 6 a.m. to six p.m. and it’s accessible on the Transit Heart positioned on Degree 1, beneath the Westin Resort, the place the RTD A Line station is positioned. Passengers utilizing bag drop have to be checked in and have dropped off their luggage at the very least 90 minutes earlier than their flight. Airline bag charges are paid on the bag drop kiosk. 


United and Southwest check-in areas at the moment are on the middle of Degree 6 with United on the west aspect and Southwest on the east aspect. The brand new check-in areas permit passengers to make use of kiosks to print their boarding go and tag their luggage earlier than inserting their bag on a self-bag-drop unit.

Maintain your Belongings Shut

DIA won’t ever cost passengers to file a declare for a misplaced merchandise.

Extra suggestions

DIA recommends arriving on the airport at the very least two hours previous to boarding time. 

Denver has three safety checkpoints, beneath you will discover their hours of operation: 

  • South Safety is open 24 hours a day 
  • North Safety is open between 4 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • A Bridge Safety is open from roughly 4:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

In line with the report, TSA screening checkpoints are usually busiest early within the morning from about 5 a.m. – 10 a.m., and from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Passengers with lap infants should go to the ticket counter for the kid’s boarding go, per airline rules.

When you’re touring

These touring this vacation can view the brand new Colorado Winter Festivals exhibit, positioned within the Jeppesen Terminal on Degree 6 North earlier than A-Bridge Safety. The Colorado Winter Festivals exhibit shows over 15 long-running iconic Colorado winter occasions. Shows characteristic occasion and city data, competitors attire, instruments and gear, pageant artifacts and images – all depicting previous and upcoming occasions. See pictures right here. 

Stepping into the vacation spirit

The lights have been hung and the child grand piano has been positioned within the middle of the terminal close to arrivals. Passengers can now take pleasure in vacation décor together with outsized ornaments, lights and life-sized reindeer made out of greenery all through the airport. Maintain an ear out for vacation tunes from pianists from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. by Dec. 24 and 4-7 p.m. by Dec. 23.

DIA Elves accessible to assist

DIA’s volunteer ambassadors — simply identifiable in purple plaid uniforms — and employees in purple shirts can be found all through the terminal and concourses to offer instructions, data or recommendation. Go to the data help webpage for extra details about contacting customer support and discovering varied data cubicles.

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