Travel tip: DIA prepares for Christmas travel rush

DENVER (KDVR) – More than 2.7 million travelers are expected to pass through Denver International Airport Monday through January 3

This would be a 5% decrease from the same period before the pandemic in 2019.

The airport expects December 23, December 27 and December 29 to be the busiest days, with more than 200,000 passengers commuting each day.

The airport is working hard to make the busy tourist season as smooth as possible for travelers, from parking their cars to arriving at their gates.

Plan ahead

  • Passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before boarding time
  • The DIA has three security checkpoints. South security is open 24 hours a day, North security is open from 4 am to 9 pm, and bridge security is open from about 4:30 am to 6 pm
  • TSA test sites are usually busiest early in the morning from around 5-10am and from 1-4pm

Parking the car

  • The Pikes Peak shuttle will be open 24/7 through January 6. Travelers using Pikes Peak will have an extra 45 minutes to reach the station.
  • The East Economic Lot and its east and west servicers are closed.
  • Before going to DIA, check FlyDenver.com for real-time parking information. While on the road, look out for electronic signs along Peña Blvd.
  • Not driving? Take Line RTD A from Union Station or meet your Ride App driver (Uber, Lyft, etc.) to pick you up at Level 5, Island 5 with other ground transportation services.

Sign in

  • United and Southwest check-in areas are now centrally located on Level 6, United to the west and Southwest to the east.
  • New check-in areas allow passengers to use kiosks to print their boarding passes and tag their luggage before placing their bags in the self-pocket device.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/travel-tips-dia-prepares-for-the-christmas-travel-rush/ Travel tip: DIA prepares for Christmas travel rush

Emma Bowman

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