Building on the success of this year’s event, the route development forum for the entire Americas region, which now incorporates Network USA, will take place 1-3 February 2015 hosted by Denver International Airport, supported by Visit Denver. This will mark the first time that Routes Americas will be held in North America.
Denver, known as the Mile High city due to its position above sea level, benefits from 300 days of sunshine a year. Located east of a major mountain range the city has an iconic skyline positioned against the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. In addition, the city is located just 340miles (547 kilometres) from the exact centre of the continental United States – closer to the centre of the nation than any other city of its size. Coupled with an impressive air service, Denver also has a very strong public ground transportation system that connects the metropolitan area’s three million residents.
In 2013 Denver International Airport served more than 52 million passengers and ranked as the 5th-busiest airport in North America. Fifteen passenger airlines provide nearly 1,600 daily flights to more than 180 worldwide destinations nonstop from Denver International. Denver International Airport is a hub for United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines. In addition, Denver International is served by six foreign-flag carriers: Aeromexico, Air Canada, British Airways, Icelandair, Lufthansa and Volaris. In terms of domestic U.S. destinations served, Denver’s robust network ranks second only to Atlanta (ATL): passengers today can reach more than 160 U.S. destinations in 44 states nonstop.
Denver International Airport will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 28 February 2015 and, in addition, the first major expansion to Denver International since 1995 is currently underway and will be completed in the first half of 2015. The South Terminal Redevelopment Program (STRP) will include the development of a new hotel and conference centre, public transit centre and public plaza for community programming and events that connects the development to the existing Jeppesen Terminal.