Denver International Airport

Since I had the pleasure of traveling through DIA this week, I thought I would share a few thoughts on our favorite $5 Billion airport.

I departed on Thursday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised by the abundance of parking available.  I am not sure if it was the date and time of my departure or if DIA is just not as busy as it used to be.  Maybe it is the economy.  In any event, it was easy to find my favorite spot in Long Term Parking and take the shuttle to the terminal.

In addition to an abundance of parking spaces, there were no lines at the ticket counter and very short lines at the Main Terminal security checkpoint.  However, since I was flying on Frontier Airlines, I chose to walk to the A Concourse rather than deal with the main security area.  I have found over time that the lines move much faster if you go directly to the A Concourse rather than going through security at the Main Terminal and taking the train.  In addition to speed, it is also nice to move your legs when you know you will be sitting on a plane for a couple of hours.

It turned out that I was right.  While the lines were short at the security checkpoints at the Main Terminal, there were absolutely no lines at security on the A Concourse.  I didn’t even have to slow down.  I highly recommend this for Frontier travelers.  In some cases, it may even make sense for people going to the B or C Concourses if the Main Terminal security lines are really long.

I also enjoyed the art that was hanging on the walls next to the moving walkways just before going down the the main floor of the A Concourse.  I am not sure how you get your work hung at DIA, but it is a great place to display it if you are an artist in the Denver area.

My flight left about ten minutes late – unusual for Frontier – but was otherwise uneventful.  My return flight last night actually arrived early!  Again, the concourse and the terminal seemed almost empty.

Lucky me, I get to go back to DIA on Wednesday morning.  It will be interesting to see if it is busier….

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