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- Ciudad de México disfruta enorme Rosca de Reyes
- Dec 25:
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- Dec 22:
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- Dec 21:
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- Colorado ski areas: It's beginning to look like a powder Christmas
- Dec 17:
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- Dec 16:
- Colorado mountains face major snow storm, Denver could see snow Tuesday
- Dec 12:
- Be a smart shopper this holiday season and stretch your dollars
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- Dec 11:
- Winter driving tips to prevent accidents on Colorado's snowy and icy roads
- Dec 10:
- A double-whipped eggnog to set the holiday mood
- Dec 8:
- Highlands Church hosts Christmas store for Denver families
- Dec 7:
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- Dec 6:
- Denver Zoo welcomes trio of lion cubs on loan from Qatar
- Dec 5:
- Colorado handmade ornaments follow tree to nation's Capitol
- Dec 4:
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- Nov 28:
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- Nov 26:
- Colorado Christmas tree arrives at U.S. Capitol
- Nov 23:
- Digital spying means no-so-secret Santa
- CDOT has new plan to smooth I-70 traffic
- Snow tubing a bright spot in slow early ski season
- El Papa termina trilogía sobre Jesús
- Nov 22:
- Consejos para ahorrar en gasolina el Día de Acción de Gracias
- Comienza el corte de árboles de Navidad en los Bosques Nacionales
- Desfile de Día de Acción de Gracias alegra NY
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- Nov 21:
- Tips for saving on pump prices this Thanksgiving
- Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey
- Obama indulta a pavos por Día de Acción de Gracias
- Nov 20:
- Some Colorado ski resorts don't wait for snow, offer weather deals now
- Nov 19:
- More retailers opening Thanksgiving night for shopping
- Nov 18:
- Holiday travel: More Coloradans will drive than fly
- Nov 16:
- Smart Spending: How to do Black Friday week right
- Nov 14:
- Thanksgiving week will see uptick in road travel, slight drop through the air
- Nov 6:
- After near-record high in Denver Wednesday, snow, cold on the way
- Dec 13:
- Giving the gift of ... plastic? Teens want gift cards, but parents still want to wrap up a surprise
Denver International Airport officials Tuesday said that they expect high passenger volume at the airport this week but that traffic will be lower than a year ago.
Airlines that serve DIA expect 991,730 travelers to pass through the airport from Tuesday through Monday, according to a release issued by DIA . That's down slightly from 1,013,313 passengers during Thanksgiving week 2011.
Airport officials noted that the holiday brings a type of passenger different from the one who typically passes through the airport — the leisure traveler.
"Over the holidays, we see a dramatic shift from business to leisure passengers, and many of them are relatively inexperienced travelers," said DIA aviation manager Kim Day in a
During Thanksgiving week, Tuesday and Wednesday are the busiest departure days, while Sunday is the busiest day for returning traffic. Airport officials say that most families and individuals traveling for the holiday won't park in the garages. (Denver Post file)
news release. "We want everyone to have a positive travel experience."
Those who have not been to DIA recently — and those dropping off and picking up travelers — may experience a shock as they try to navigate airport roads for the first time since work on the South Terminal construction project began this fall.
As a result of the airport expansion — which will feature a light-rail station, a hotel and a plaza on the south side of the main terminal — the bridges connecting Peña Boulevard to the west parking garages have been removed during construction.
Passengers flying aboard airlines located on the Jeppesen Terminal's west side will find themselves weaving around the airport grounds — whether they are self-parking, riding a shuttle or being dropped off.
During Thanksgiving week, Tuesday and Wednesday are the busiest departure days, while Sunday is the busiest day for returning traffic. Airport officials say that most families and individuals traveling for the holiday won't park in the garages, but the parking situation should still be a factor when planning a timetable.
Denver International Airport. (Denver Post file)
"The economy lots fill up first, and then Pikes Peak and Mount Elbert (lots)," said DIA spokeswoman Laura Coale. "A lot of people like to pull over on Peña Boulevard, and we really don't want to see that for their safety."
Travelers parking at DIA can check the parking vacancy for each lot at flydenver.com or by calling 303-DIA-PARK while on the road. For those parking at Pikes Peak or Mount Elbert, shuttles are supposed to come every 10 minutes, but airport officials recommend allowing an additional 30 minutes for those lots.
Daily passenger totals for the holiday week are:
Tuesday, Nov. 20: 149,311
Wednesday, Nov. 21: 167,725
Thursday, Nov. 22: 94,331
Friday, Nov. 23: 121,205
Saturday, Nov. 24: 150,391
Sunday, Nov. 25: 157,189
Monday, Nov. 26: 151,578
Source: Denver International Airport