DIA generates more than $33.5 billion annually
Denver International Airport and the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics announced that Denver International Airport’s (DEN) contribution to the state of Colorado’s economy increased by nearly 30 percent from 2013 to 2018. This is according to the Division of Aeronautics’ 2020 Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study. DEN has grown to become a $33.5 billion economic engine for the state and a driver for increased business and travel.
“DEN is proud to remain the top economic engine for the state of Colorado, especially as we celebrate our 25th year,” said DEN CEO Kim Day. “When DEN opened in 1995, we served around 31 million passengers, in 2019, we reached nearly 70 million passengers. Just as important are the many jobs created by DEN, which grew from 183,878 in 2013 to 259,084 in 2019. As we continue to grow, we are committed to bolstering Colorado’s future as an economic powerhouse.”
As the study states, airports in Colorado are responsible for generating billions of dollars in economic benefit and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. Colorado’s diverse system of airports helps to sustain, lead, and diversify the State’s economy.
“The Division of Aeronautics is proud to partner with DEN and 73 other public-use airports as we work statewide to support aviation and airports as a key part of Colorado’s multi-modal transportation system,” said CDOT Aeronautics Director David Ulane. “The increased economic impact at DEN is echoed statewide, underscoring the importance and value of aviation across all of Colorado.”
DEN connects people and businesses to the world, and as Denver has grown so has DEN’s air service network – serving more than 210 nonstop destinations, including 28 international cities in 14 countries. As a result, more tourists are visiting Denver and more businesses are calling Denver their home. More than 9.8 million people visited Denver in 2019, indicating the Mile-High City’s appeal.
DEN contributes to the state’s economic wellbeing through directly-related employment, purchasing and sales and by facilitating the movement of people, goods and services throughout the world. DEN provides a vital connection between Colorado and the world through tourism and commerce. DEN has one of the largest networks with more than 215 nonstop destinations, 26 international destinations and 24 airlines.
The full CDOT Aviation Economic Impact Study will be released in April.
The United States conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Rimi joined al-Qa’ida in the 1990s, working in Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden. Under Rimi, AQAP committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces. We will continue to protect the American people by tracking down and eliminating terrorists who seek to do us harm.
Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II by signing a proclamation to honor the dedication and hard work of the men and women who served in the war and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Lt. Gov. Primavera was joined by Sen. Nancy Todd, Sen. Bob Gardner, Rep. Rhonda Fields, and Rep. Mike Weissman, and Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation founder Rick Crandall.
“It’s our responsibility to ensure that future generations understand the sacrifice made by those who served our country during World War II,” said Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera.
Molly Wink has been named Deputy Director of Denver Arts & Venues, the City of Denver Agency with oversight of a number of City-owned entertainment venues and cultural programs.
“Molly’s work on the business side of the arts is going to be a terrific boost to Arts & Venues,” said Ginger White, Arts & Venues’ executive director. “We all look forward to Molly’s leadership as the agency builds on past success and embarks on new projects.”