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New Rail Line Opens Between Downtown Denver and Denver International Airport

This past week, business travel became less of a headache for Denver residents and its visitors. Denver’s Regional Transportation District opened their much awaited rail line, The University of Colorado A Line. The rail runs between downtown’s Union Station and Denver International Airport (DIA), with six stations in between. Denver is now joining only 20 other U.S. cities to offer train transportation from the airport to the city center.

This is the first commuter rail for the Denver metro area. Differing from the city’s existing light rail trains, these trains are heavier and faster. Part of the FasTracks initiative, this is the first of the promised 122 miles of new rail to hit the metro area. With connections to three other light rail lines, two additional lines will be adjoining later this year. The train runs regularly from 3:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. the following day, making it almost 24-hour assessable. Passengers are dropped off at the airport near the south entrance security lines, avoiding additional shuttles and long tarmac runs like other airport shuttle systems.

A major criticism of DIA has always been its location. Located 25 miles outside of the city center, travel to and from the airport is an additional burden for the traveler. With RTD’s new and affordable commuter train, hope is in the air for convenient commuter travel. The cost of a ticket is $9, valid for 24 hours from the purchase of the ticket and standard regardless of purchase location. Considering the added costs of airport parking, car services or car rental fees, this is a deal for frequent business travelers.

With one of Christohperson’s five offices located in Denver, our team is excited for the opportunity to use public transportation to the airport for our future trips. Christopherson Business Travel is a top corporate travel management company. We provide our clients reliable customer service and helpful travel technology. To learn more about our travel management solutions, contact us or call our Denver office at 303-694-3322.

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Denver Announces New International Carrier

Denver International Airport (DIA) recently announced that Volaris will begin year-round nonstop service from Denver International Airport to Benito Jua?rez International Airport in Mexico City beginning in December 2012.

The airport initiated conversations with Volaris in 2009 after the carrier announced its partnership with Southwest Airlines. Mexico City was ranked as Denver’s second-largest international market without year-round service behind San Jose, Costa Rica.

“Expanding air service continues to be a top priority for us, so we are pleased and grateful to welcome Volaris to Denver,” said Kim Day, Manager of Aviation for Denver International Airport. “Every new destination we add strengthens our overall network. That in turn helps us to land the next carrier or city; our robust network grows here again today. For our passengers, this should be a welcome new offering of a low-cost year-round option between Denver and Mexico City.”

The flight is now available for sale for travel beginning December 8, 2012. Volaris will operate the flight with the 144-seat Airbus A319 twice-weekly from December through April and once-weekly from May through November. The aircraft will arrive in Denver at 3:05 p.m. and depart to Mexico City at 4:25 p.m.

For more information, click here to read DIA’s press release.

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Denver International Airport Detour Routes

Denver International Airport will be undergoing a period of construction beginning mid-May. Below are a few key dates and information to consider if your travels take you to, or through, Denver:

  • Beginning mid-May 2012, RTD buses and the Mt. Elbert/Pikes Peak shuttle will drop-off and pick-up passengers on Level 6 East.
  • Beginning mid-May 2012, taxi and shuttle drop-off and pick-up will be in their designated median locations on Level 5. During construction, commercial vehicles will not drop passengers curbside on Level 5.
  • Beginning in June 2012, passenger pick-up for Terminal West will be detoured through the parking garage to pick-up curbside on Level 4. Vehicles will not be required to pull a parking ticket.
  • Beginning in June 2012, passenger drop-off for Terminal West will be detoured off Peña Boulevard to enter Level 6 from the north. Signs will be posted directing travelers to the appropriate location.
  • DIA’s South Terminal Redevelopment Program will build a Public Transit Center, 500-room Westin hotel and conference center and a public plaza connecting the new development to the existing Jeppesen Terminal. The Program is expected to create nearly 1,000 jobs, including 600 – 700 construction and design jobs and 250 permanent hotel jobs, and will generate approximately $2 million in annual tax revenues for the City and County of Denver’s General Fund. Excavation and enabling work for the $500 million project began in the fall of 2011.

For more information, the public can call the information line at 303-342-6400, e-mail southterminalupdate@flydenver.com or visit FlyDenver.com.

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Denver Airport’s Newest Addition

A few weeks ago, CLEAR open for business at DIA. As I have mentioned in previous posts (here and here – can you tell I am a big fan?), CLEAR was coming back soon and each month would be adding more airport locations. You can check out their website for more details. There’s even a section to help you tell your local airport that you want this service again.
I renewed my membership and experienced, once again, the ultimate stress reliever at the Denver Airport. Last week the security lines at DIA were about 30 minutes long. In the CLEAR line, there was only me and one other person. Took all of 10 minutes to get checked into CLEAR and then through security. No stress! No hassle! I’m a happy traveler, again!!