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Airport Management

  Operation and Control

The City of Denver owns and operates Denver International Airport. Under the city charter, the management, operation and control of Denver International Airport is delegated to the city’s Department of Aviation. Denver’s mayor appoints a manager to direct the Department of Aviation, and the manager reports directly to the mayor. 

Denver has designated the department as an “enterprise” as defined by the Colorado Constitution, and the department has the authority to issue its own revenue bonds or other financial obligations in the name of the city.

 Read more in the City Charter. Search by keyword "aviation" or "airport system."

  Chief Executive Officer

Photo of Kim Day, Manager of Aviation Kim Day began leading Denver International Airport (DEN)—the fifth-largest commercial airport in the United States—in April 2008. DEN boasts a robust network of more than 180 destinations served, including an ever-growing list of international destinations. Reappointed to her position as the Chief Executive Officer in 2011 by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, she has continued her vision for the region's primary economic engine.

Since her tenure began, she oversaw an update to the airport's master plan and set in motion the program that would complete its original vision: the Hotel and Transit Center Program, which will bring a 519-room at-terminal hotel in late 2015, as well as a commuter rail for the system linking the airport and downtown Denver in 2016.

With more than 35 years of experience, Ms. Day has served as Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports —the agency that manages Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, and Palmdale Regional Airport. Before assuming the top position with LAWA, she oversaw the agency's design and construction.

After receiving a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree from Cornell University, Ms. Day practiced architecture for more than 20 years.

In September 2011, she was named Airport Director of the Year in the large/medium airports category by Airport Revenue News and recognized by Visit Denver in 2011 and 2012 for Outstanding Contributions to Tourism. From 2010-2013, the Denver Business Journal named her one of its annual Power Book finalists—a designation that honors the top men and women newsmakers in the business community and the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce honored Ms. Day as one the "25 Most Powerful Women in Denver" in January 2013.


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