Heavy crowds are expected at Denver International Airport on Thursday, marking the start of a busy Fourth of July weekend — and the kick-off for the busiest months of summer travel.
About 220,000 passengers are expected to pass through DIA during the day, with a similar number expected Friday. They are projected to be the busiest days of a six-day holiday travel period, with 1.2 million travelers projected by DIA through Tuesday. Monday is the July 4 holiday.
DIA says crowds are expected to match or exceed passenger volumes during the last Fourth of July weekend before the pandemic, in 2019, when the holiday fell on a Thursday.
That’s in line with an earlier DIA forecast that summer travel will beat 2019’s record levels — notwithstanding a higher risk this year of cancellations by major airlines as they grapple with short staffing.
Cancellations have been much rarer at DIA this week than at some other major national and international hub airports, though 23% of departing flights were delayed Wednesday, according to the tracking site FlightAware.
- DIA has urged passengers to arrive at least two hours before their flights’ boarding times and check their flight status.
- Check parking availability and live security checkpoints wait times at www.flydenver.com.
- The north main security checkpoint on Level 5 has some general screening lanes, but it’s primarily for Precheck members and others with premium-access status. Everyone else should head to Level 5’s south checkpoint (nearest to the hotel), which has limited Precheck lanes, or the Level 6 checkpoint on the bridge to Concourse A. After 8 p.m., only the south checkpoint is open.
- The Regional Transportation District’s A-Line train is an easy way to avoid paying for parking at the airport if you live near a stop or use a Park-n-Ride lot at a station. Beware of occasional staffing-related cancellations that may delay the next train for 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the time of day.
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