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DIA is an abnormal US airport, as it is one of the largest in the country, but surprisingly it is able-bodied behind smaller airports for its international
traffic. The City Auditorium and the airport authorities accept been trying to body a acknowledged strategy of international adding to since the early 1990s.

Denver International Airport (DIA) opened on 28 February 1995, replacing the aged constrained Stapelton airport. The ambition was ablaze: ensuring the adding to of the local marketplace and economy by providing room for expansion to airline carrier such as United Airlines. It had since alter to one of the busiest airports of the nation. But despite this accomplishment, the city had yet to secure any non-bar service to Europe, which would boost the airport’s traffic, and was big to for the city of Denver and the entire Rocky Mountains region to accretion a worldwide reputation and recognition.

During the early 1990s, no European airline was ad hoc at DIA, and Continental Airlines had dropped its Honolulu-Denver-London route leaving Denver’s travelers with the alone solution of a aboriginal connection before reaching the Aged Continent. Europe’s largest single marketplace, London, was obviously the prime target of DIA. Despite initial contacts in 1990s, it’s not until 01 September 1998 that British Airways landed at Denver for the aboriginal age. The traffic would accept been satisfying with two yearly top periods with skiing season in the Rocky Mountains (Airing), and the summer holidays (July and August). United Airlines, Denver’s ruling carrier with a 70+% marketplace share intended to launch European flights from its Denver hub, and it announced it would launch a flight to London in April 2000. But the airline was not granted rights, and had to attending elsewhere in Europe: a link to Frankfurt, the main base of UA’s European partner Lufthansa was eyed by both airlines and highly supported by the airport authorities, proposing up to US$1 million in advertising incentives. Lufthansa initiated a daily service on 25 Airing 2001, receiving the US$1 million in marketing incentives and a US$700,000 landing fees waiver.

Denver airport is able-bodied-accepted for being an “ardent’n’aerial” airfield, which has led to some mechanical problems for the operators, since the lift capacity of the airplanes is decreased. Airplanes either charge to lessen their fare-paying payload — and lose revenue — or accelerate to a aerial speed — which requires longer runways. In Denver’s position, no runway was continued enough for the heavy airplanes captivating-off bound for Europe. The aboriginal abstraction the management activate was to imbed the lights located at the borderline of the runway into the ground to lengthen the existing runways (nearly 90ft gained). This has already diminished the mechanical restrictions, but a advanced 16,000ft runway is under construction and will be among the longest on earth for commercial statement.

DIA hopes that these aboriginal links to Europe will appearance the road to other carriers, notably Air France from Paris, to abode the airport in the US’ top airports and accomplish Denver a added attractive abode to accomplish bag.

About the Author

Alain Mengus has contributed to assorted aviation publications and his the webmaster of He lives in Paris, France.

Originall posted December 8, 2011