August 2014
Concession Opportunities
Denver International Airport Announced Upcoming "Concessions Opportunities"

The anticipated concessions business opportunities are now available for your review online 90 days before the formal RFPs are posted. The waiting is over and now the planning can begin. Primes, subcontractors, and certified firms alike, aspiring to compete for a DIA concessions opportunity, can prepare to bid on the 11 concessions business opportunities listed on "Future Opportunities." General contractors and associated construction trade professionals benefit from these opportunities since newly awarded concessionaires will design and build out the concession space. 

These contracts are a part of DIA's airport concession program turnover that is expected to refresh 70 percent of the 140 current concessions operations at DIA through a competitive bid process. The timespan for announcing the rollout of additional concessions opportunities will continue well into 2016. 

Contract opportunities are for food/beverage, retail, services, and specialty retail. Each bidding opportunity will have unique qualification requirements based on the specialty of the concession. The anticipated advertisement date for each opportunity varies and the contract/project value differs for each. To read more about the length of contracts for each project (concession area) see the "Concessions" Business Opportunity Webpage, and click the Frequently Asked Questions link.  The e-mail address is

The project description provided for each concession opportunity in the forecast is the most complete information available. Please remain vigilant for posting updates. To be electronically notified of concessions opportunities visit the "Concessions Notification" link on the "Business Center" Webpage and complete the short application form.  

DIA's concession program consists of more than 171,000 square feet of concession space and more than 140 merchants. In 2013, the concession program generated $295 million in annual gross sales, $1,726 per square foot and $11.22 per enplaning passenger. Concession companies at DIA are selected through a competitive proposal process. When the airport has concession space available to lease, the Commercial Business Innovation section issues a Request for Proposals document that describes the space or spaces available, concept desired, City of Denver requirements for operating at the airport, as well as required submittal documents.

Business Tip features various links containing information about bidders actively pursuing concessions and construction business opportunities at DIA and lists the companies that have been awarded contracts. You can also find contact information about current-year bids and proposals that have been awarded, along with firms selected on qualifications to perform work at DIA. 

Online information for Concessions is sectioned into three areas (see below):

  • Open Request for Proposals
  • Proposals Under Review
  • Bids Awarded (Current Year)

Online information for Construction contracts is presented in three forms of contract opportunities (see below): 

Invitation for Bids: Contracts

  • Open Invitation for Bids
  • Bids Under Review
  • Bids Awarded (Current Year)

Request for Proposals: Contracts

  • Open Request for Proposals
  • Proposals Under Review
  • Proposals Awarded (Current Year)

Open Requests for Qualifications

  • Qualifications Under Review
  • Status of Qualifications (Current Year)

For questions about DIA's online business resources please contact the Commerce Hub at (303) 342-2351 or e-mail us at

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Passenger Traffic
Denver International Airport Sets All-Time Passenger Traffic Record for First Half of 2014

June 2014 Marks Second-Busiest June for DIA

DIA continues an impressive record of attracting more travelers into the airport. Departing travelers from DIA and those making Denver a final destination, as well as double-digit growth in international passenger traffic, set a DIA record for the busiest first half of any year since the airport opened 19 years ago.

A total of 25,936,343 passengers passed through DIA in the first half of 2014. June's overall passenger traffic at DIA increased by 2.4 percent, with 4,830,401 passengers using the airport compared to 4,716,309 passengers in June 2013. The June statistics were just shy of the all-time record for June passenger traffic, which was set in 2011 with 4,863,158 passengers.

"Denver International Airport finished the first half of 2014 with record traffic," said airport CEO Kim Day.  "A significant increase in origin and destination traffic from Southwest and Frontier and a large increase in United's connecting traffic fueled June's growth. International traffic also remained strong, up 12 percent over June 2013."

Since January 2014, more than 1.1 million international passengers have traveled through Denver, making the first half of 2014 the second-highest level of international traffic ever at DIA.

Additionally, mail, freight and express cargo operations were slightly higher in June compared to the same month last year. To date, 245,381,726 pounds of cargo have been handled at DIA in 2014, down 1 percent from 247,826,626 pounds of cargo handled during the same timeframe in 2013.  

The complete June 2014 traffic report is available at:

U.S. Department of Transportation — Bonding Education Training Program to Benefit Small Businesses

The Denver International Airport Commerce Hub is pleased to announce another Bonding Education Program (BEP) training opportunity hosted by The U.S. DOT West Central Small Business Transportation Resource Center and the Surety & Fidelity Association of America in collaboration with the City and County of Denver, Denver International Airport and Denver Public Schools.

The Bonding Education Program is free to those businesses that qualify.  Classes are offered at the Denver Public Schools Construction Services Building located on 1617 S. Acoma St., Conference Room 216 in Denver (1 block west of Broadway at West Iowa St.). The first session starts Oct. 8, 2014, and ends Nov. 12, 2014.  Classes are held on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Space is limited, and a completed application form is required. To apply, call (303) 800-3711 or e-mail  

BEP helps small businesses become bond ready. Becoming bondable is a challenge for many disadvantaged businesses, and this program aims to help businesses grow by obtaining or building bonding capacity. Bondability is key to growing a construction business. The BEP consists of a comprehensive set of all-inclusive workshops designed to address what businesses need to do to become bond-ready, as well as one-on-one sessions with local surety bonding professionals to help you assemble the materials necessary for a complete bond application. This program is tailored to businesses competing for construction-related contracts.

Participating instructors have specific experience in bonding. A team, consisting of a construction attorney, construction certified public account, and prime contractor estimator will give you the inside track on what prime contractors are looking for in subcontractor partners.

Besides learning about the keys elements that make bonding possible, other topics, such as business planning, construction accounting, banking relationships, and contract negotiation will be covered. The training objective is to make your business more viable in today’s competitive bidding and contracting environment. 

Training recipients may qualify for additional coaching. A past program participant stated, “I was totally impressed by the people who spoke. My time was nothing compared to what I’ve gained. I can’t believe it was free. This would have helped with our struggles immensely, even though we already had a bond. People who spoke truly want to see my business succeed.”

To visit the U.S. DOT West Central Small Business Transportation Resource Center click on to obtain additional business resource information.

Upcoming Events

DIA Commerce Hub Business Education and Support Training Presents:

Minority/Women Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Small Business Enterprise/Emerging Business Enterprise Certification Discussion
Sept. 26, 2014
10 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.
Location: DIA City Conference Room, Terminal West Level 6

Please click on the link to register for this session. Seating is limited so sign up early. 

Register here

DIA Commerce Hub Contractor Conversations
Sept. 25, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: World Port Conference Room H
24735 E. 75 Ave., Denver

Contact & Office Location

DIA Commerce Hub
Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6, West
Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(303) 342-2351

Commerce Hub


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