In 2006 Southwest Airlines began service in Denver with 13 daily flights to three destinations. Ten years later the Dallas-based carrier has 190 daily flights from Denver to 58 destinations, including international. "We would not have been able to do that if not for our Denver customers," says spokesperson Michelle Agnew. "They trusted us and believed in us."
Denver customers also like the low fares, the checked bags without fees, and the cheerfulness of Southwest employees, some who appear in the airline's commercials. Also important to Denver, Agnew says, is that Southwest has been sponsoring the ice rink at Skyline Park. This past season, the sixth, saw 53,000 skaters, the largest attendance ever.
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BEST PRIVATE JET SERVICE
XJet prides itself on being more than a fixed-base operator (FBO) serving the private aircraft industry.
The company, which launched in 2007 as a private club, then opened to transient aircraft in 2009, has operations at Denver's Centennial Airport, London's Slansted Airport and Dubai's World Central Executive Terminal.
XJet's amenities at Centennial include a 47,000-square-foot, climate-controlled hangar; auto storage and spa: conference room; pilot lounge and snooze room; pilot work stations; and WiFi and wireless printing.
Services the company provides include fuel; catering; on-site rental cars; contract maintenance and repair; preferred rates with area hotels; airport transfers to Denver International Airport; and dry cleaning and laundry.
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BEST CAR SERVICE: TRANSPORMATION
Uber has been facilitating rides for Coloradans since arriving in Denver in September 2012. The company has since expanded across the state, and getting a ride with Uber is now possible in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and many cities in the mountains. "The drivers who partner with Uber and help people get from A to B in Colorado come from all walks of life and they all have their own unique story," says Uber spokesperson Dave Bauer. "So the next time you ride you may find out that your driver...