Welcome from the Host


On behalf of Denver International Airport (DEN), I’m proud to welcome you to the Mile High City of Denver for the SMART Airports and Regions Conference and Exhibition.

Most of you will travel through DEN to participate in conference activities at the Colorado Convention Center. Allow me to suggest the use of the A Line commuter rail connection which can economically whisk visitors between DEN and Downtown Union Station in just over 30 minutes. From there, conference facilities and surrounding accommodations are a short shuttle ride away.

As you pass through DEN, you’ll notice more than our iconic, tented Jeppesen Terminal. You’ll notice our ongoing expansion and improvement projects which are refreshing the airport’s facilities and adding capacity to properly serve more than 100 million annual passengers expected in the near future.

Built on 53 square miles, DEN is the world’s second-largest airport and our region’s biggest economic engine. DEN generates more than $36.4 billion annually and employs more than 37,000 people to connect over 70 million passengers each year to over 200 nonstop destinations globally.

DEN sits east of Denver with a clear view of Colorado’s Front Range including Pikes Peak, Mount Evans and Longs Peak, three of the state’s 58 “fourteeners,” mountains higher than 14,000 feet. The Rocky Mountains are always a temptation for visitors seeking outdoor adventures.

I encourage you to balance your time between the conference’s excellent presentations and Denver’s walkable streets so favored by “foodies,” professional sports fans and concertgoers. Denver even boasts a nearby, downtown amusement park for those craving corn dogs and roller coasters. Julys in Denver offer days with brilliant sunshine, but also pleasant, cool evenings so know that after-conference free time will still be enjoyable.

How ever you choose to spend your time, please know we appreciate your visit, your business and your collaboration. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself as we cross paths at the conference.


Phillip A. Washington
Chief Executive Officer
Denver International Airport