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Who In Here Likes Denver Int'l (DEN)?  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1745 times:

I live in Denver. Personnaly I think the Denver Int'l (DEN) is one of the best airports in the world. Its my 2nd favorite of the airports I've been to. Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) is my favorite. Denver Int'l is one of the most modern airports in the world and a favorite for passengers. Denver Int'l was rated the 2nd best airport in the US while Pittsburgh was rated the #1. Denver Int'l is one of the least-delayed and quickest-connecting airports anywhere. Denver Int'l is also the 10th busiest airports in the world. The old Denver Stapleton was nice but it was getting old and needed to be replaced by a new more efficient airport. it was also getting too conjested and noise polution was VERY high. Here are a few shots of the airport before it opened and no I did not take these photos.  

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Kind regards,
BA



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5192 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

I've never flown throught DEN (I've been through the old Stapleton), but it seems like a nice airport. However, DEN actually is not one of the least delayed airports. "DIA, which prides itself on on-time performance, sank to fourth worst among the nation's airports in May, with jsut 61.8% of its flights arriving on time." That is quoted from the Denver Post July 6th, 2000.


Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

I love it. A great airport. I hope to go there again very soon.

Kind Regards,

B744


User currently offlineHP737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1651 times:


I flew into the new DEN in October, 1999. I really liked the architectural design of the airport. The white tent like roof gave it a very bright and open feeling. Plus, it seemed to be set up for efficiency from getting to the baggage claim, checking in, finding your rental shuttle, etc. I was amazed how easy it was to find my way around. Often when I fly into an unfamiliar airport I expect some hassle in getting around. Not at DEN.

And I loved the shuttle station at the C gates. With the stone walls and plants it didn't even look like what it was: a shuttle station at an airport. There were even some birds flying in around the plants, like an aviary. But I am am sure they got in by accident!  



User currently offlineAA737-800 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

The Greatest Airport ever Built!!!!

AA737-800


User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

My thoughts on Denver;

A really striking structure, especially from the 50th floor of the tallest building in town where I was working at the time. I would equate the look to a bunch of termite hills! Approach roads are good as you might expect from such a recent construction. It's just a pity that it's such a distance from downtown. Once inside, I was amazed by the sheer size of it all. Maybe it was just me having a dizzy moment   but the signs were quite confusing. The rail system is cool although I'm not sure that I'd rate those numerous silver wall fans as 'art'  

The terminals went on for ever once beyond the security checks. HUGE - luckily all the walkways were working..quite different to my normal experiences over in LHR. The gate seating afforded quite a view over the taxiways, and once we were taxiing ourselves, I really got a good impression of the airport's size.

Everything still looks so new. How well do you think DEN will age? I worry about that termite-hill roof...methinks it might need regular cleaning!

~NJTurnpike


User currently offlineUAL-777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

I love DIA. I have spent many, many hours in that airport. I've flown in and out of all 3 concourses and they're all a breeze. United's "B" gets a little crazy around the major holidays, but it's still manageable. I remember the first time I landed there and I said to my self "where the hell are we....Kansas??!!". However, it really isn't as far as people complain. Coming from Denver or Boulder it's only another 15 minutes past Stapleton. Anyway...great place.

User currently offlineFrontierMan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

Denver airport is a mistake pure and simple:
1. DIA hasn't reduced Delays. 20% of flights at DIA are delayed versus 17% at Stapleton, and to throw in another little tidbit, DIA has less flights!
2.DIA is a money-loser. DIA lost almost 90 million in 1996. The entry of WestPac was supposed bring in dough. Tell that to bankruptcy court.
3.DIA itself is a barrier. It is virtually impossible to compete with United. Just ask GPExpress, Maverick, and of course WestPac. Costs are everything folks and DIA's are too high. Do you realize that you are more likely to be delayed at DIA than Laguardia? That's an airport that opened in the 1940's.
Face it, the region is worse off with DIA.


User currently offlineC172sb From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

The airport itself is pretty nice, too bad the drive and the fares suck. Ever notice all the rusted stair cases outside the terminal building, check it out next time you are there. The tent looks nice now, but what about 20 years from now. Spotting from inside the airport is terriable, who ever designed the airport doesn't like looking at airplanes from the concourses, really dissappointing. Expect to spend at $400 round trip anywhere this summer, unless you get lucky. This is the best way to find cheap fares http://www.itasoftware.com/ without this site I would not have been able to go anywhere out of DEN this summer. By the way, it may only take 15 or 20 minutes extra to get to DIA but thats only when there is no traffic on I-70. The advantage of Stapleton, especially if you live downtown, is that you can use different less crowded routes to get there.

User currently offlineSKYTEAM From France, joined Nov 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

I dont really like DEN because of the lack of room to expand, Winter Climate, and the Lack of Int'l Flights



User currently offlineUALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1618 times:

The concourses are nice, the airport is new and clean and easy to navigate and all that, but, why in the #@%& did they decide to put it waaaaaaay out in the middle of no-man's land? It is one of the very few major metropolitan areas where upon descent, you glance outside of the window and see NO buildings, NO houses, not even any trees!!! NO civilization whatsoever! Just a treeless, lifeless plain that extends for miles & miles eastward, northward and southward (westward the Rockies begin to rise, at least). It's very eerie. It's like landing on mars! Not to mention the well-known turbulent chops that are ALWAYS produced by the Rockies.

And that drive into downtown-- fuhgeddabouttit!!!

Again, why on earth would they build such an airport so far into the hinterlands!?



User currently offlineAlex Logan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

I too live in DEN and I think that it is the best airport ever bulit (aside from the train). I think that MSP is also a very good airport too!


Alex Logan

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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

I also think that Denver Intl Airport is one of the best airports in the world. If they could only add more intl flights...The777Man


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User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

i think it sucks, i like the architecture but thats about it, the terminals are confusing(especially once you get there and you have to check bags and everything. and it is a mistake-look, the "million dollar" baggage system broke! and the city of denver made a deal with united that they have first rights to every gate,they could kick everybody out today if they wanted too and it would be legal, plus they have first rights to every new gate thats built. DIA has no room to expand and getting from your arriving flight to the baggage claim then to the rental car or pickup area is a pain, plus they have soo many delays! i hate DIA.
blink182



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineSeattle ops From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Now we whine about the airport. Will it ever stop? its a very nice airport!!

User currently offlineDEN-HNL From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

C172sb: What do you mean "spotting from inside the airport is terrible"? The concourses are completely lined with windows, as are most restaurants and shops! It doesn't get much better unless you're on the ramp. Have you been to, say, MCO, PIT, IAD, or RIC, off hand? Where at many spots you're lucky to get a couple of narrow windows? Talk about clausterphobic!

Blank 182: How confusing can 3 parallel concourses (not terminals) be? Is it the tricky alphabetic ABC lettering? No room to expand? The airfield was built on 53 square miles. Geez!

Others: How inconvenient is an extra 15 mile drive? Allow a little extra time and enjoy the time spent in your automobile. Sorry, if you don't have an enjoyable car. I do agree we need more int'l service. It'll come, I hope!



John Hancock
User currently offlineC172sb From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1568 times:

In response to DEN-HNL, it is almost impossible to see take offs and landings from inside the concourses. You can see airplanes on the ramp at just about any airport, what I like to see is the action. The only good spot is from the tower, which is awesome.

User currently offlineFrontierMan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1566 times:

I didn't know that you considered stating facts whining. Face it DIA is a mistake and a money-loser and until you have facts stating otherwise you should just shut your mouth. You have yet to state one material fact on this forum.

User currently offlineSeattle ops From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

whiner!

User currently offlineDEN-HNL From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

Yeah, you're right - With the distance from concourses to runways, the action is pretty much nil. Airlines should give out FF miles for the taxi!

You're probably better off driving by the rental car area (Avis especially), to check out the western departures on 25. Or south of the airfield; there is a road which parallels 35L (I forget the street name off hand), by the old employee lot for northern arrivals. Also, last time I landed on 16, I noticed there is a road which is right off the end of the runway. I wonder what that could be? 120th? Good luck!



John Hancock
User currently offlineMCO-ATL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

Just to inform you, MCO is really good for spotting. And DEN isnt. So dont bring up that narrow window crap at MCO.

User currently offlineTurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

I like the airport too. The white tent things really give it a good first impression. I have been to DIA twice, both on TWA. Once in December of 97 and October of 99. It is really modern, and the underground trains are the neatest thing.

User currently offlineDIA77 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 705 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

I completely agree with SeattleOps. As a long time Denver resident, I think every penny spent on the airport was worth it. DIA is definitely a masterpiece. As for lack of room to expand, the original master plan for DIA includes space to build at least two additional concourses past C. The other three concourses can also be extended (United is planning on doing this). Mayor Pena's was definitely a visionary.

User currently offlineC172sb From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

I to love the new airport, I love getting raped by United, the fares are awesome. I can't wait to visit my grandma in Houston, I get pay at least $426 r/t, and if I want to travel on the days I want to go it's $520 r/t. That silly Stapleton had low operating costs for the airlines, thats how that lame low-fare airline Frontier got started. Just think, if DIA would have opened on time, instead of 2 years late, Frontier probably would never been able to start business. This would have given United a bigger monopoly then now, whoa I could pay even higher fares, that would have been awesome.


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