When it was first built, Denver International Airport (DIA) suffered so many operating glitches that it became the favorite go-to joke for late-night TV hosts.
Now the joke is on them: The Wall Street Journal recently named DIA the best “big airport” in the country.
“Drawing from a survey of 4,800 readers and weighing 15 airport measures, including security wait times, average fares and arrival and departure time reliability, the paper crowned the ‘Mile-High Miracle’ best in its class for air travel,” notes the Denver Post.
To determine an airport’s convenience factor, the Journal studied Wi-Fi speeds, Yelp ratings for airport restaurants, walking distances and the number of destinations patrons can reach on a direct flight. Denver ranked high in these measures, as well as in the price of its airfares. The study found that due to more competition among airlines at DIA, flights are cheaper, with an average fare of $299.
Orlando International Airport finished second in the study, while Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport came in third.
DIA also recently earned the distinction of being the fastest-growing major airport in the country, according to the Denver Business Journal.
In 2018, the airport added “more flights and more seats taking off than any top-ten U.S. airport,” notes the newspaper.