Anyone who has crisscrossed the United States at one point or another has probably stopped in Denver. If not for a visit, then certainly for a layover. That's because the Denver enjoys a strategic location in the middle of the country, which makes Denver International Airport (pictured) a logical crossroads in between East and West, as well as North and South.
But the Mile High City is more than a waypoint. Thanks to its vibrant attractions and thriving economy, it's also a destination in its own right -- which in recent years has fueled increased visitation to Denver and, in turn, accelerated growth at Denver International Airport, where the addition of 17 new domestic routes in 2018 has helped the airport reach a new milestone: Soon, it will offer service to 200 destinations worldwide, it announced last week.
"Our air service network at Denver International Airport has emerged as one of our region's key competitive advantages," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "This unparalleled level of connectivity, and the residents and visitors who use it, has only bolstered our strong economic and tourism growth, and will continue to help Denver solidify our position as a global destination."
Service added this year at Denver International Airport includes new international flights to Paris and Zurich, as well as new domestic flights to Portland, Maine; Asheville, N.C.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- which previously were un-served by Denver, whose domestic network now includes nonstop access to 175 destinations in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
The growth at Denver International Airport is especially good news for meeting planners hosting events in Denver, as additional service means not only increased connectivity for meeting attendees, but also increased competition for airlines -- which drives airfares down.
"Thanks to the growing network of domestic and international air connections, Denver has never been more convenient and accessible to business and leisure travelers," said Richard W. Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, Denver's convention and visitors bureau. "In 2017 we welcomed a record number of visitors to Denver. I am confident the abundance of nonstop flight options will continue to make Denver a popular destination for years to come."
With 29.8 million passengers every year, Denver International Airport is the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. And as it turns out, the only four U.S. airports that trump its traffic are growing with it. In descending order -- from least to most busy. Visit NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com for the full list of most in-demand airports.