Denver Taking Notes as World Airports Offer Greater Amenities

Some of the best airports abroad are also known for expansive "aerotropolis" developments - in which a miniature city develops around an airport - and fancy amenities, particularly at on-site hotels.

To Polk, ease of getting in and out of the airport is important. For that, "I think Denver's way at the top of the list," even if DIA has no great restaurants and shopping is mediocre, he said.

For business travelers, the most important feature is convenient wireless Internet access, said Jack Riepe, spokesman for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.

"When something works very well, you're in and out," Riepe said. "Very few people will say, 'I enjoyed this airport so much I'm going to hang around for another half-hour."'

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