March 2015
Minority- and Women-Owned Concession Companies at Denver International Airport Set Record Earnings

DIA minority- and women-owned concessions companies earned more than $129 million in the 2014 fiscal year, setting a record for disadvantaged business revenue at the airport.

DIA participates in the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program, which provides opportunities for minority- and women-owned firms to participate in airport concessions by setting participation goals for every shop, restaurant and service provided at the airport since the federal program began in 2006.

In 2014, the Denver Office of Economic Development's Division of Small Business Opportunity set DIA's ACDBE aspirational participation goal at 33 percent of total concession revenue. The 52 certified ACDBE companies at DIA earned a total of $129,971,406 in FY2014 – accounting for a record 39.35 percent of gross concessions revenue.

"Denver International Airport is committed to inclusivity, and to providing significant growth opportunities for disadvantaged, minority-, and women-owned firms in all airport business prospects," said airport CEO Kim Day. "We are proud to have exceeded the FAA-approved ACDBE goals, as part of our initiative to increase diversity throughout the airport and our operations."

Denver International Airport
ACDBE Annual Achievement by Year

(FAA FY Oct. 1-Sept. 30)

Total Concessions Revenue

ACDBE Revenue

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The airport's overall concessions program ended calendar year 2014 with $322,803,611 in gross revenue, which is 9.5 percent higher than the $294.8 million generated by the program in 2013. DIA currently offers a total of about 140 shops, restaurants and services in more than 177,000 square feet of space. The revenue translates to an average of $12.07 per enplaned passenger in 2014 – an increase of 7.58 percent over the $11.22 per enplanement in 2013 and an all-time high for DIA. The airport served a record 53.4 million passengers in 2014.

DIA's Commerce Hub helps connect small businesses with opportunities at the airport and obtain ACDBE certification. For more information please call (303) 342-2351 or email

Denver International Airport Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Looks to the Future of Aviation, Customer Experience, as It Celebrates Milestones

On Feb. 28, 1995, Denver International Airport opened to the public and captured the world's attention with its striking tented roof structure and technologically advanced operations. Twenty years later, DIA has established itself as the number one economic driver and job creator in the region. Today, DIA begins a year-long 20th Anniversary celebration that includes milestones and events that will only continue to strengthen the airport's position as an economic powerhouse.

"DIA is a jewel in the nation's aviation system, serving as the front door to our entire region for tens of millions of people every year," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "With 32 consecutive months of growing international traffic, bolstered by new nonstop flights to Tokyo, Panama City and other major destinations, DIA is a gateway to the world – with abundant potential for the future."

The first major new airport to be built in the United States in 20 years, DIA has grown from serving 31 million passengers in 1995 to an all-time record of 53.4 million passengers in 2014. Today, DIA generates more than $26 billion in annual economic impact for Colorado and supports nearly 190,000 jobs. It remains the largest and one of the newest commercial airports in the United States, with room to double its current capacity to remain competitive in the growing global aviation marketplace.

In addition to the opening of the new Westin Denver International Airport hotel this fall, train service connecting DIA to downtown in just 35 minutes will begin in 2016. This year, the airport will also enhance customer services and experiences and will add amenities, such as an outdoor plaza for arts and entertainment, new comfortable seating, additional power outlets, shopping and dining options with touchscreen ordering, and additional surprises.

"With the new Westin Denver International Airport hotel and transit center, our financial strength and stability, increasing global flights and room to grow, we are positioned well for the next 20 years," said Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport. "Not only will we remain a strong global competitor but we will continue to expand economic opportunities that will generate more jobs."

While we are focused on the future and growth, the airport continues to invest in its existing infrastructure, including a planned $46.5 million rehabilitation of runway 17L-35R this summer. The airport is also soliciting partners from the private sector for potential redevelopment of the Great Hall inside Jeppesen Terminal, to relocate TSA, facilitate connection to the new hotel and transit center, and enhance the overall passenger experience.

At 53 square miles, DIA remains positioned for growth at incrementally low costs, which will help maintain a competitive cost structure for our carriers while keeping up with growing demand. The airport has the ability to double its runways and facilities to serve 100 million passengers a year, with an additional 9,000 acres available for commercial development. This land represents one of the most compelling real estate opportunities in the world. It will generate non-aviation revenue, thus reducing airline operating costs in Denver, increasing regional economic benefits and generating new passengers, all of which should result in more flights to more cities.

Added CEO Day, "The visionaries who planned and built this airport provided this community an extraordinary asset in Denver International Airport. And today, under the leadership of Mayor Hancock, we are outperforming all predictions, as we add new destinations, airlines and customer amenities. We are firmly establishing our global position and our long-term sustainability as the region's largest economic driver."

DIA replaced Denver's former Stapleton International Airport, which had exceeded its original design capacity and was plagued by flight delays and an inability to expand. After locating a new site for what would become the newest and most modern airport in the world, the groundbreaking for DIA was held on Nov. 22, 1989.

Construction was a mammoth undertaking. At its peak, 300,000 cubic yards of dirt were moved daily to prepare the new site for construction, for a total of 110 million cubic yards moved – approximately one-third the amount moved during the Panama Canal project. C.W. Fentress - J. H. Bradburn Architects designed the tented-roof terminal known around the world for evoking the nearby Rocky Mountains. Nearly 2.9 million cubic yards of concrete were used to construct DIA's six runways (the sixth runway was completed in 2003), taxiways and aprons.

In a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of DIA, several key officials helped the airport's CEO, Kim Day (second from left), cut the amazing cake fashioned to look like Jeppesen Terminal and DIA's new hotel. Joining Day were (left to right): former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, former Denver Mayor and U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Peña, current Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, and current FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The ceremony was at the new Westin Denver International Airport hotel (scheduled to open in November) and held on Feb. 28, 2015—20 years to the day when DIA opened.

On Feb. 27, 1995, more than 100 aircraft, 13,000 vehicles and 6,000 rental cars were relocated to the new airport in just 12 hours. DIA's first departure was United Airlines Flight 1062 to Kansas City, and the first arrival was United Airlines Flight 1474 from Colorado Springs. On opening day, DIA accomplished the world's first triple-simultaneous landing using the most sophisticated aircraft control tower in the country.

After 20 years, DIA remains on the cutting edge of aviation technology. The airport was the nation's first to fully implement the Federal Aviation Administration's new NextGen arrival and departures procedures in 2013. It was also among the first airports to use new sensor technology to track and manage aircraft movement on the ground. With a continued commitment to sustainability, DIA maintains one of the most robust and sophisticated aircraft deicing fluid capture and recycling systems in the world. The airport is home to the longest commercial runway in North America, at 16,000 feet, and can accommodate any commercial aircraft flying today.

As DIA prepares for the next 20 years, it will focus on continuing to deliver an elevated airport experience and to become "America's favorite connecting hub, where the Rocky Mountains meet the world."

Denver International Airport
vs. Stapleton International Airport


International Airport

Stapleton International Airport

Annual economic impact

$26.3 billion (2013)

$3.1 billion(1984)

Jobs supported (direct and indirect)

188,338 (2013)

140,000 (1984)

Gross concessions revenue

$294.8 million

$45 million (1994)

Total passengers

53.4 million (2014)

33.1 million (1994)

U.S. ranking for passenger traffic


8th (1994)



53 square miles (largest in U.S., second-largest in the world)

7.3 square miles

Airport building space

6 million square feet

4 million square feet

On-airport land available for development

9,400 acres

0 acres

Master Plan design capacity

12 runways, 100 million passengers

6 runways, 25 million (no ability to expand)

Runway capabilities

4,300-foot runway separations with ability to perform triple-simultaneous landings in inclement weather

900- and 1,600-foot runway separations with no ability for simultaneous landings in inclement weather

Airport employees

About 35,000

About 21,000 (1994)

On-airport parking spaces

More than 40,000

About 5,000

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The Denver Office of Economic Opportunity Development Division of Small Business Opportunity 2014 Annual Report is Available

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock's administration strives to promote a dynamic business culture in Denver that celebrates the diversity of economic opportunities in the Mile High City. In support of that culture, DSBO's mission is to establish a critical mass of capable businesses by providing expanded contracting opportunities for firms that meet the criteria for certification. DSBO also maintains compliance standards for contract goal achievement throughout the life of projects. DSBO promotes and encourages the participation of minority, women, disadvantaged, small, and emerging businesses working with Denver and United Certification Program partners. These efforts promote growth of these businesses and further stimulate Denver's economic viability.

Here is the link to the 2014 DSBO Annual Report

The Month of January "Takes Off" With Record-Setting International Passenger Traffic

DIA recorded its busiest January for international passenger traffic, reaching 198,252 passengers, an increase of 3 percent over the previous record set in January 2008. This increase is mainly due to increasing load factors, which means fuller flights, on Denver's international routes. Denver currently offers nonstop service to about 20 international destinations in nine countries – Germany, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Japan, and Panama. 

Overall January passenger traffic declined slightly with 3.9 million passengers, a 1.7-percent decrease from the same month last year. Frontier Airlines' passenger traffic decreased by 28 percent. This decrease was offset by a 2-percent increase in United Airlines' passenger traffic and an 8-percent increase in Southwest Airlines' passenger traffic. Spirit Airlines added service to San Diego from Denver in January. Additionally, origin and destination traffic increased by 2.3 percent, accounting for 61 percent of total passenger traffic at Denver International Airport in January.

"While we did see an overall decline for the month, it's encouraging to see continued strong growth by our top two carriers – United and Southwest Airlines," said Denver International Airport CEO, Kim Day. "That growth along with record-breaking international passenger traffic in January indicates that we are on track for another successful year."

Additionally, mail, freight and express cargo operations handled 45.3 million pounds of cargo, a 13.3-percent increase in January compared to the same month last year. United Airlines' international cargo increased by more than 4,600 percent, and United Airlines' overall cargo increased by nearly 96 percent. FedEx also showed a cargo increase by nearly 10 percent.

 The complete January 2015 traffic report is available at: Passenger_Traffic Jan 2015

New Art Exhibit Showcases Airlines of the Past and Present Coinciding with Denver International Airport's 20th Anniversary

Vestiges of the good old days of flying are brought from the past with the newest DIA art exhibit. At Ansbacher Hall, the passageway between the terminal and the passenger bridge security checkpoint, you will find "In Flight: Airlines of Denver Past and Present." 

To coincide with DIA's 20th Anniversary (Feb. 28, 1995), this art exhibit will take you down memory lane to the golden days of air travel portrayed in the television series, "Mad Men" and "Pan Am," when travel was a special experience and people dressed up to fly.

Memorabilia from United Airlines (pictured above) and other airlines is on display at DIA in the "In Flight" exhibit, which runs through July 2015. United Airlines began flying passengers in Denver in 1937.

The exhibit features memorabilia from airline partners, including uniforms from pilots and flight attendants, cabin serving ware, playing cards, model airplanes, travel bags, airline pins and nostalgic photos. Visitors can learn about Denver's aviation history, such as the opening of Denver Municipal Airport on Oct. 17, 1929, Stapleton International Airport operations, and how Denver International Airport has grown to be the fifth-busiest airport in the nation and 15th-busiest airport in the world, serving more than 53 million passengers a year.

"To celebrate 20 years at Denver International Airport, this exhibit invites visitors to take a step back in time and reflect on the airlines that helped and continue to make Denver one of the best airports in the world," said Denver International Airport, CEO Kim Day. "This display showcases Denver's rich history in commercial aviation and highlights the airport's transformation over the years."

This exhibition was curated by the Art and Culture Program of Denver International Airport and made possible by photo and artifact loans from Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, United Airlines Historical Foundation, Denver Public Library and several operating airlines that serve Denver today.  To learn more about DIA's art program click on the link.

Business Tip

Visit the Office of Economic Development's "Do Business with the City" website to learn how to initiate a partnership with DIA and the City and County of Denver on future projects. Learn about the different kinds of certifications for businesses, how to find a certified firm, project goals enabling contract work for certified firms throughout the City of Denver and DIA, and other relevant information.

For information about business opportunities at DIA, please visit or contact the DIA Commerce Hub at or (303) 342-2351.

Upcoming Events

DEN Commerce Hub Contractor Conversations

April 23, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: WorldPort Conference Room H
24735 E. 75 Ave., Denver

Contact Alicia Avila at for registration information.

Airport Business Opportunities—At Your Finger Tips

Denver International Airport posts business and contract opportunities on its website, Remain informed about airport current business opportunities and upcoming business activities by visiting the Business Center webpage. Complete the Concessions and Project application forms to be electronically notified of contract announcements. 

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