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More Options at Denver International Airport; Record Passenger Numbers in September 2008

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Passengers and employees at Denver International Airport will have a host of new restaurants, shops, and services to choose from this holiday season. This month and next, DIA is expanding its selection of 148 concessions with an array of new offerings – from high-end cosmetics to homemade local tamales – on Concourses B and C.

The new offerings include:

A Massage – provides chair and foot massage in addition to 45, 60 and 90-minute table massage in private rooms. Related spa products are also for sale. 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Concourse B Mezzanine.

Bella – offering a range of prestige cosmetic, skincare, and bath and body lines, including L’Occitane, Frederic Fekkai, Pangea Organic, and Kinerase. Bella also offers TSA-approved mini kits and gift sets. 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Concourse B Center Core.

Brookstone – offering a wide assortment of consumer products, from household tools and gadgets to travel accessories. 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Concourse B Center Core.

Caribou Coffee – complements the Caribou Coffee in Jeppesen Terminal with coffee and tea specialties, as well as baked goods and other snacks. 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Concourse B Mezzanine.

Jamba Juice – specializes in blend-to-order fruit smoothies and juices, as well as health snacks. 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Concourse B Mezzanine.

Johnston & Murphy – offers men’s apparel, handcrafted shoes, belts, wallets and luggage. 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Concourse B Center Core.

Kazoo & Company Toy Store – brings its wide selection of creative and educational toys and games, stuffed animals and dolls and more to DIA. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Concourse B Mezzanine.

Mile High Harley-Davidson – sells Harley-Davidson products including T-shirts, hats, and toys. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Concourse B Mezzanine.

Tamales by La Casita – the DIA outlet of a Denver restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine, including tamales, enchiladas, and breakfast burritos. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Concourse C Food Court.

A total of 4,017,761 passengers used Denver International Airport in September 2008, a 1.7% increase over the 3,951,172 travelers recorded at the facility in the same month last year. It was the first time in the history of the Denver airport that the September passenger count exceeded 4 million, and the 21st straight month in which DIA’s traffic set a monthly record.

The September figure brought DIA’s total for the first three quarters of the year to 39,338,285.That was 3.6% higher than the 37,958,066 travelers who passed through the airport during the same period of 2007, the year DIA set its record of 49.8 million passengers. The 1.7% monthly increase followed a 1.6% increase in August. Airport officials had predicted in the summer that passenger numbers would drop off later in the year as the airlines reduce capacity to cope with high fuel costs.

“This is exactly what we expected would happen as the airlines find ways to trim their operating costs,” Denver Aviation Manager Kim Day said. “Still, our passenger numbers are ahead of last year, and that shows the strength of the Denver market.”

Flight operations in September fell 1.6% to 49,397. That brought DIA’s year-to-date total to 476,690 operations, up 2.5% compared with the same period of 2007.

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