Most of Denver International Airport’s parking lots on and off site were close to 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 are full.
“We believe the parking is at full capacity due to the upcoming federal holiday (Columbus Day) on Monday,” airport spokesman Alex Renteria said. “We had a lot of traffic at the airport this weekend and there seemed to be a lot more people standing at the airport than taking an Uber or taking the RTD A-line.”
Parking lots at all airports in Den are almost full and most off-site parking lots are also at capacity. Please consider driving and parking yourself in addition to using the RTD A-line, a ride-share service, taxi, or any other mode of transportation.
— Denver International Airport (@DENAirport) October 9, 2021
Although the A-line is a mode of transportation that can fly out of DIA, the regional transportation district warned riders to expect it to take longer Saturday and Sunday due to construction related to the Central 70 project under the University of Colorado . – Line track near 40th and Colorado Station. According to a news release, commuter rail service trips between Union Station and Denver Airport Station are planned to be less frequent – every 30 minutes – and all customers will be required to board the southbound track.
Denver airport traffic has bounced back faster than the national average, and travelers have to wait in long security checkpoint lines and stand in crowded trains as construction projects continue. The airport closed many of its parking lots during the pandemic and reopened some of them, but long-term shuttle lots like Pikes Peak are still closed.
“We aim to open before the end of the year,” Renteria said. “The issue we’re dealing with right now is hiring shuttle drivers.”
The shuttle lot’s opening date has been delayed by earlier estimates, with the problem of finding drivers part of a larger national trend of a truck driver shortage.