A majority of Denver International Airport’s parking lots both on and off site were near capacity on Saturday afternoon, and airport officials encouraged travelers to find other ways to get to the airport.
Travelers are encouraged to check the airport’s website at flydenver.com to find out if the lots they plan to park in are full.
“We believe the parking being at full capacity is due to the upcoming federal holiday (Columbus Day) on Monday,” airport spokesperson Alex Renteria said. “We had a lot of traffic to the airport this weekend and it sounds like a lot more people were parked at airport than taking an Uber or taking the RTD A-Line.”
All of DEN’s on-airport parking lots are nearly full and a majority of off-site parking lots are also at capacity. Please consider using the RTD A-Line, a ride-share service, taxi, or any other mode of transportation besides driving yourself and parking.
— Denver Int’l Airport (@DENAirport) October 9, 2021
Although the A-Line is one mode of transportation those flying out of DIA can take, the Regional Transportation District cautioned riders to expect their trips to take more time Saturday and Sunday because of construction related to the Central 70 project under the University of Colorado A-Line tracks near the 40th and Colorado station. Commuter rail service trips between Union Station and Denver Airport Station are planned to be less frequent — every 30 minutes — and all customers will have to board on the southbound track, according to a news release.
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Denver airport’s traffic has quickly bounced back, faster than the national average, and travelers have had to wait in long security checkpoint lines and stand in crowded trains as construction projects continued. The airport closed several of its parking lots during the pandemic and reopened some of them, but the long-term shuttle lots like Pikes Peak are still closed.
“Our goal is to have those opened before the end of the year,” Renteria said. “The issue that we’re dealing with now is hiring shuttle drivers.”
The date of opening for the shuttle lots has been delayed from earlier projections, with the problem of finding drivers part of a larger national trend of a truck driver shortage.
Source:: The Denver Post – Business
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