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DIA: Heaven On Earth  
User currently offlineSchweizair From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

I've been to DIA twice and it always blew me away. Plenty of space to walk, nice design and the shopping isn't bad either. Even better, there's plenty of room for the planes so you won't be stuck at your gate if another plane is blocking the route to the runway. There's also tons of room inside. Even in the most crowded areas, I didn't come within a foot of anyone because there's so much room available. I loved every second I spent at DIA. Are there any others out there who have great/bad stories to share? Do you thinks DIA is one of the best airports in the country? Why or why not? I'd like to hear your side of the story.

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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

Something like this?


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Yeah, DIA is a fun airport to visit.

DLKAPA


User currently offlineAirEMS From United States of America, joined May 2004, 684 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

DIA is a great airport now granted I live in Denver too but the only drawback is that of weather i.e. blizzards and tornados other than that its one of the nicest cleanest airports I've been too.. now my question since I'm new here how and where is the best spot for spotting??


If Your Dying Were Flying
User currently offlineJeffm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

I'm partial to it as well....


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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7555 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

DIA is a great airport in terms of the airside facilities.
Concourses are real nice, gate areas, the train, etc.
Never have problems except in extreme weather conditions in terms of capacity constraints in terms of the runway capacity.

Only negatives I have are the rediculous set-up with the various ground transportation pick up points, the massive security lines that happen sometimes, why are there 10 lanes on one end yet only 3-4 are ever open?
Plus the fact that is a 10 mile drive in the middle of nowhere from I-70. Its not an airport that you can be running late to and still catch a flight, you need to build in plenty of time before departure.


User currently offlineFrontierA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

I'm obviously a bit biased, But it's the best Airport in the country IMO.


Chris.



A Whole different Animal!
User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

DIA's facilities are top quality. I would put it in the top 5 no doubt. The glass walls, the beautiful concourses. Its got a good variety of restaurants, and all the F9 planes make it really cool! Spotting from the bridge is cool too.

-Copa


User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

I can say nothing bad about DIA, it is by far the best airport in the USA and one of the best in all the world. I know of no other airport with a massive art collection like DIA has, and how can you beat a Lear 35 hanging from the ceiling! A few of you have mentioned weather but I would say that DIA is better equipped than any airport in the world for bad weather. We have huge runways and the new one is the largest in the US and I think 2nd largest in the world. It takes a lot to shut DIA down. I love it and am so happy that I get to fly back everytime I go out of town. The only bad thing about living in a place that has such a beautiful airport is that anytime I go anywhere IM always disappointed when I arrive because all the other airports in America are small and dirty! (LAX term. B? I think, well the F9 one, that place looks like a nasty public restroom) Well as you can tell I love DIA and there is no better airport for me!


/// UNITED AIRLINES
User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4977 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

For the past 10 years or so ever since they opened DEN (formerly known as DIA) I have been trying to go through there. When I go to the Denver area, I always go to Centenniel Field.
Finally! Next month I am taking a trip on F9 that will allow me a connection in DEN so I can see the place for myself. Unfortunately, Frontier has me on a very tight connection so I won't have time to shop or explore the terminal. Crying


So it looks like the only way I will be able to see DEN is to take a trip where my final destination is DEN.

I am very happy to see that they remembered the Jeppesen name, it has such a place in the history of aviation! Everytime I fly an instrument approach I see their name!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineCjuniel From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 146 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2722 times:

PSU,

DIA's location is hardly a negative. There was a time when there was nothing around Washington Dulles and very little around DFW (the last two major airports to open in the US prior to DIA). A Denver native, while to many visitors to Denver it may seem out of the way, the area around DIA has built up SUBSTANTIALLY since the initial announcement came to build the airport in the late 1980s. It normally takes 10-20 years to build up an area around a new airport, since most new airports are built where there is available land - in the middle of nowhere. Give it a few more years.

And I am biased also, DIA is one of the most beautiful airports in the world - circus tent roof and all.


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2682 times:

DIA is a great airport. It's really my home away from home as i'm there so much. It's easily the nicest airport in the U.S next to MCO in my opinion.


Steve


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2672 times:

Yeah, I agree about DEN, it's a rather nice place. The only odd thing is the lack of LCD screens which you can find at ORD on UA. I made a connection about 3 weeks ago there, and the most notable thing right off the plane was the amount of space. It is huge, the ceilings are tall, the gate areas are big, it is nice. I would've explored more, but I had to run to catch my next flight. I still tink the most beautiful airports in the US have to be LAX or MCO.

User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

I still tink the most beautiful airports in the US have to be LAX

LAX? How-so? Maybe it's great for spotting, but other than the re-tooled AA terminal, the place is one big congested dump. It should be leveled and rebuilt.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

I just like the whole airport in general, not just the terminals. I like the outside a lot, all the walkways, the great landscaping, it's just really nice. I thought the UA terminal was a little old, but it wasn't bad. The TBIT is great, the international check-in area was pretty cool to see despite the horrible congestion.

User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1060 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

Denver is a fantastic airport. It is my home base airport and the first few times I flew into I felt like I was landing in Kansas except for the mountains off to the west. The only thing I don't like is the time it takes to get bags from C to the terminal. Every time I fly an airline into C it takes nearly 20 minutes for the bags to come it seems. Oh well. That just gives you more time to explore and take photos.

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6550 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

I agree; Denver is probably the best airport in the US from a passenger point of view, at least a connecting passenger.

The777Man



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User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

I agree. DIA is by far my favorite airport in the United States. Anytime that I need to transfer...which is basically every trip when you come out of Des Moines!...I try to schedule through Denver. It is a beautiful airport and a beautiful area.



User currently offlineJcxp15 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 997 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Denver is a very nice airport, and is one the nicest more modern ones. The only gripe I have with it is that it's in the middle of nowhere. I know eventually they expect development to grow around it, but that will just add to commute time. Stapleton was very close to the city. DIA is something like 20 miles from the city. Also, coming from the South, the 470 tollway, although nice and empty, sucks when you're dropping someone off ($10 RT).
Other than that, DIA is really modern, easy to navigate around (the multitude of moving sidewalks really help), and a great airport.


User currently offlineCjuniel From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 146 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Continental,

United just installed those LCD screens at O'Hare in the past year or two. I know Delta has a slew of them in Atlanta, and also here in Washington at National. I wouldn't be surprised to see United upgrade the facilities at DIA in the next few years once the bankruptcy is behind them.


User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2442 times:

i know other people have commented when we have these dia threads but dia has a distinctive smell when you enter,,,,unlike any airport i have ever been to except asia


bus driver.......move that bus:)
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2387 times:

Cjuniel: I guess so. Actually, I saw them in 2001 when I flew MSP-ORD-MUC. MSP got them in the past year or two, it's nice. The UA ones are really nice, they show the type of aircraft, IFE on the flight, meal service, amount of frequent flier miles earned, times, reasons if delay, shows an actual photo of aircraft type, and the coolest thing, it shows a landmark such as a skyscraper that is in the destination you're travelling to. I'm not sure if NWAs have this, I'll check when I fly to Orlando in July.

User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1060 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2379 times:

Uadc8contrail, Haha, that is the first time I have ever heard of that but now that I think about it DEN does have a distinct odor. Didn't they just upgrade the flight info screens in the terminal lately? Last year or so? If I remember correctly I was picking somebody up there last November or so and they had just installed them and were still getting them set up?

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2359 times:

dinker,
awesome arrival screens down by the claim area....now if mesa could update their flight arrivals then i would not be standing near the water area like a idiot...and i was just IM by another a.netter and he/she thinks its mold



bus driver.......move that bus:)
User currently offlineJet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 872 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2339 times:

DIA is super efficient and built for the long-haul. From a business traveller perspective I applaud it since it is well designed, spacious, and clean. But, i just feel it lacks a soul. Nothing notable about it other than it's size. Which also keeps you from getting up close and personal with the planes. Maybe I'm jaded, being from Denver with the old Stapleton which was a sprawling exciting mess, and now living in Asia with lots of new airports and equally grand designs.

If I could, here is what I would do to make DIA more attractive:
- Add some trees, plants or gardens, inside or out, to make it more 'natural'.
- on Friday afternoons and evening, have a piano player or small jazz band play at one (upper) end of the vast security hall, to create a more lively mood pre-weekend.
- Add more dinosour/prehistoric decorations - these work well with Colorado themes.
- Rename the automated people move to the Silverton Express.
- More public lounging areas away from the gates, like Singapore and Hong Kong have.
- Roof top observation point (may take some years to see this again!)

A great airport yes, but not one to feel at home in.




User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1060 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2322 times:

Mold eh? Not what I was expecting the culprit to be but what can you say. Jet-lagged you have some good ideas to improve the airport. However I don't think the Jazz band would be such a good idea. The atmosphere would be great but it is pretty noisy in there due to the water falls. Not sure how well you would be able to hear them. Silverton Express, that would be really unique. Too bad they didn't think of some of these things.

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
25 Nosedive : - Add some trees, plants or gardens, inside or out, to make it more 'natural'. Well they do have some vegetation around the train station, Silverton E
26 Shawn Patrick : Jet-lagged, good ideas. However, Colorado has no culture to share with travelers in DEN! Just kidding... but actually there aren't many interesting cu
27 Uadc8contrail : silverton express is a great idea for the train....being they put in those mining things along the side of the wall going from the main term to concou
28 Flashmeister : The arrival monitors near baggage claim are a big improvement indeed. They're desperately needed on the concourses -- at least A, anyway -- where the
29 Jet-lagged : No Culture? Puh-leez! There are the Broncos, and Coors and . . . OK, yeah, skiing, and . . . . well the mountains are great. Hmmm, funny that there is
30 Brick : For connecting passengers who never have to leave the concourse they arrive in I'm sure you think DIA is great. For us that are O&D passengers, the ai
31 Post contains images Frugalqxnwa : If they had used mobile lounges instead of the underground train. . .
32 Post contains images Iowa744fan : However, if we really want to know where the "real" Heaven on Earth is, just watch the movie Field of Dreams: Shoeless Joe (played by Ray Liotta): "Is
33 Post contains images F9Fan : DEN is a real nice airport. My personal favorite is the hanging gardens of concourse C in the atrium where you catch the train. I also like the main t
34 USAFHummer : "- Rename the automated people mover to the Silverton Express." This makes little sense IMO...Silverton is located in western Colorado about 250 miles
35 CalPilot17 : I personally miss Stapleton, and although not easy I have grown to like DIA. It is a long drive and the cops are nazis. Although you want to see chaos
36 UAL747DEN : Jet-lagged I cannot believe that you don't think DIA has soul! Have you ever walked across the bridge connecting A concourse? Did you not see the hist
37 Klwright69 : "Gardens, grass, and trees" needed to make DIA look natural? I have lived here all my life and have something so to say about that. That isn't the cli
38 Uadc8contrail : den airport workers, does dia still play the indian spiritual music on the a concourse????discovery wings ran a story on it one time about how the air
39 Dinker225 : I havn't ever heard any indian spiritual music playing. They obviously don't play it loud enough to hear if they do play it. I'm finding out lots of s
40 DLKAPA : Uadc8, never heard that story before, that's a new one on me, but then again, I don't work there, so I don't know. Yes, DEN is the 2nd largest art exi
41 UAL747DEN : Uadc8, Yes they do and its not on the concourse but rather in the sky bridge connecting A to the main terminal. Like you said it was part of the contr
42 Jetranger2000 : My father, a long time business travaler told me about the "urban legends" of DIA. The land was somehow cursed by indians, resulting in the famous fai
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