Airplane takes off at DIA. Image courtesy DIA.
Denver International Airport (DIA) has announced that April set a record for passenger traffic as the busiest April in the airport's history. More than 4.22 million passengers passed through DIA this April up 1.5 percent from April of 2014.
“As we enter the busy summer travel season, we are seeing strong increases in capacity by many of our airline partners,” said airport CEO Kim Day. “United, Southwest, American, Delta and Spirit all had increases in passengers in April, and we continue to see strong gains in international passenger traffic among United, Lufthansa, British Airways and Volaris as, increasingly, travelers are using Denver to connect with the world.”
DIA begins resurfacing of runways
Work to resurface runways at DIA began this month with an estimated cost of $46.5 million. Runway 17L-35R will be closed until September 15th. The runway is 12,000 feet long and 150 feet wide and contains over 2,000 concrete slabs that are being removed and replaced.
“DIA is now 20 years old, and there is an increased requirement for maintenance of the facility,” said Ken Greene, DIA’s chief operating officer. “Our robust pavement management program allows us to efficiently track the age and condition of more than 150,000 individual concrete panels on the airfield, and to make proactive maintenance decisions that will help to ensure the safe operation of more than a half-million flights a year."
Opening date for DIA Westin announced
DIA also recently announced the DIA Westin will open to guests at 3 p.m. on November 19th, 2015. The Westin DIA will house 519 rooms in the 433,000 square foot, 14-story hotel.
Rendering of Westin Hotel and public plaza. Image courtesy DIA.
The Westin DIA has been constructed in concert with the airport's new transit center. In 2016 the East Line, a commuter rail line will open and provide a connection to downtown Denver on trains that will reach a top speed of 79mph. Trains will run every 15 minuets during peak hours along the 22.8 mile line and will deliver passengers from DIA to Denver's historic Union Station in 35 minutes. The hotel was designed by international design firm Gensler, which also designed the recently completed 16M mixed-use development in downtown Denver.