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Denver International Airport, USA

July 13th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Denver International Airport (IATA: DEN, ICAO: KDEN, FAA LID: DEN), often called DIA, is, by land size, the largest international airport in the United States, and the third largest international airport in the world, after only King Fahd International Airport, and Montréal-Mirabel International Airport. Runway 16R/34L is also the longest public use runway in the United States.

Currently, Denver International Airport is the fifth busiest airport in the United States in terms of traffic, and the tenth in the world with 47,324,844 passengers passing through the airport in 2006; a 9.1% increase over 2005.

The airport is located in far northeastern Denver, Colorado. Operated by the City and County of Denver, in 2006 it served almost 50,000,000 passengers. Denver is also the busiest and largest airport in the US without any non-stop service to and from Asia. DIA was voted the 2005 Best Airport in North America by readers of Business Traveler Magazine and was named America's best run Airport by Time Magazine in 2002.

The airport's distinctive white tension fabric roof is designed to be reminiscent of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in winter. It is also known for a pedestrian bridge connecting the terminal to Concourse A that allows travelers to view planes taxiing directly underneath. The airport is the home base of Frontier Airlines, the second-largest hub for United Airlines, as well as the primary hub for Ted, a subsidiary of United, and also the main hub of Great Lakes Airlines. DIA also has a growing Southwest Airlines operation, and was a hub for the now defunct Western Pacific Airlines.

DIA has public Wi-Fi access available throughout the airport provided by AT&T/Cingular . T-Mobile HotSpot service is available in the airport lounges run by United, American, and Delta airlines .

The airport is a distance of 25 miles (40 km) from Denver, which is 19 miles (31 km) farther away than Stapleton International Airport, the airport it replaced. The distant location was chosen to avoid noise impacts to developed areas, to accommodate a generous runway layout that would not be compromised by winter storms, and to allow for future expansion. The 54 square miles (34,524 acres or 140 km²) of land occupied by the airport actually has twice the land area of Manhattan. It is slightly larger than the City and County of San Francisco. It was transferred from Adams County to Denver after a 1989 vote, increasing the city's size by 50 percent. However, much of the city of Aurora is actually closer to the airport than the developed portions of Denver, and all freeway traffic accessing the airport from central Denver passes through Aurora.

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