Thursday 04 April, 2013
Since its opening in the mid-90s, Denver International Airport has earned itself a reputation as one of the best airports for business travelers. Business Traveler Magazine rated it the best airport in North America for 6 straight years from 2005 to 2010. In 2002, the year after the World Trade Center attacks when air travel was not particularly fun or easy, Time Magazine called DIA ‘America’s Best Run Airport.’
A Business Travel Hub
Most business travelers have passed through DIA at least once in their journeys. It’s located near the center of the United States, making it a major connecting point for flights from coast to coast.
DIA is the only major airport that’s been constructed in the United States in the last 25 years. It’s the largest airport in the US by total area and the 2nd largest in the world, after Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd International Airport.
Keeping You Connected
When you’re traveling, you need to stay connected. It’s essential that business travelers have internet access. DIA offers free WiFi throughout the airport. It’s one of few airports that offer this service. In addition to its Wi-Fi, there are also computer terminals and data ports located throughout the airport at kiosks and its Internet café.
Another way to keep connected is by taking advantage of DIA’s free global calling. Phones are located throughout the airport where you can call anywhere in the world and talk for up to 10 minutes free.
DIA’s designers knew it would be a major hub and they wanted it to be a good one. This is why the airport is full with all the amenities a business traveler could need. There is mail and fax service, as well as access to other business services such as word processing, spreadsheets, laser printing and other office applications. You can take care of business while you’re waiting for your flight.
Aside from the regular business services you need, DIA offers more casual services. There are battery changing stations where you can charge up whatever devices you use and foreign money exchange counters where you can take care of currency needs. The airport is full of places to eat and drink, although it no longer has its smoking lounge. You can also relax and unwind at its massage chairs.
Access to the City
For travelers whose destination is Denver, there are lots of amenities. Many reasonably priced hotels are located near the airport and there are many ways to access the city, including buses, shuttles, charters and limousines that can be hired to take you anywhere in the state. RTD’s FasTracks light rail line will be completed soon, connecting the airport to downtown Denver.
Finally, it’s nice that the airport is so spacious. From its windows you can enjoy views of the mountains and surrounding planes. If you’re a conspiracy nut, the airport is full of ‘hints’ that DIA is a secret base for the Illuminati and New World Order (note: just a joke). DIA, which feels more like an amusement park or a shopping mall than an air terminal, isn’t a bad place to kill time.