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Flying into the Rocky Mountains can be rough, if the weather is acting up, but the reward is that you land at Denver International Airport, which is one of the nicest US airports out there. Here are 5 things that you probably didn’t know about Denver International.
- DIA is the newest major airport in the United States. It is the only one that was built in the past 25 years. It opened on February 28, 1995.
- The airport covers 53 square miles of land. It is larger than the nations four busiest airports – combined.
- The airport has 1,500 flight and baggage information display monitors, which means it is easy to get around and hard to miss your flight.
- The airport may or may not house a secret underground base where a “New World Order” is being conceived. Probably not, but there is a huge and dedicated conspiracy theory surrounding the airport.
- The main terminal – called the Jeppesen Terminal – has a very unusual look. The roof is made of a Teflon-coated fiberglass that is no thicker than credit card and held up with a cable system similar to that of the Brooklyn Bridge. The unusual design and support system make it ideal for supporting snow loads and withstanding high winds. The Jeppesen terminal is named for businessman and aviation pioneer Elrey B. Jeppesen, whose navigational maps and charts are standard in most commercial airline cockpits worldwide. The terminal has 1.5 million square feet of public space (you go through security as you leave) and was designed by Denver architectural firm Fentress Bradburn Architects Ltd.