Denver passes annual operations inspection

Denver International Airport passed the examination with no


Colorado’s Denver International Airport (DEN) has passed its annual operations inspection with no discrepancies. This is the fourth time in five years that DEN has passed with no errors. 

The inspection carried out by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), reviews airport operations as part of the annual airport certification process.  

Denver International Airport
Photo Denver International Airport 

Operating Certificates are issued by the FAA and serve to ensure safety in air transportation by requiring airports to meet high standards with regards to safety. Providing elements such as firefighting and rescue equipment are also necessary to obtain the certificate.  

Denver’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Jaquith said: “Safety is DEN’s top priority and passing the inspection without discrepancies is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees.  

“Our team, our airlines and our federal partners continuously strive to maintain safe and efficient operations for our passengers. Denver’s Planning, Operations and Maintenance teams accomplish this through consistent training, self-inspections and attention to the maintenance of our assets across the airport.” 

The FAA’s inspection includes some of the following areas of Denver’s operations; movement areas (taxiways, pavement, markings, lighting, signs and safety areas); aircraft rescue and firefighting (including a timed response drill, training records and equipment); fueling facilities and nighttime operations including runway, taxiway and apron lighting and signage.  

In 2019, Denver served over 69 million passengers. At present, 19 airlines provide nonstop service to 202 destinations. This includes 19 international cities in eight countries.  

However, in the first half of 2021, the airport served just 24 million passengers, a 25% decline compared to the first half of 2019.  

Currently Denver’s passenger traffic recovery ranks among the top as compared to peer large-hub airports.