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Haunting photos show just how empty DIA is because of the coronavirus pandemic

Pena Boulevard is nearly empty and there's not even a line at the McDonald's.

DENVER — The numbers tell a big part of the story: traffic at Denver International Airport’s security checkpoints is down 95% compared to last year.

There are 1,000 fewer flights per day, and dozens of planes are parked on a closed runway and deicing pads since they aren’t in use.

But it’s the pictures that really show just how much has changed at the once-bustling airport that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. 

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It's worth mentioning that DIA's not alone when it comes to big decreases in traffic. Airports across the country have experienced similar hardship as social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders have virtually halted the travel industry. 

Here's a look at some of the photos that illustrate the scenes at DIA, provided by the airport on Friday. 

An empty Pena Boulevard 

Since barely anyone is at the airport, there's barely any traffic to get there on the once-congested Pena Boulevard. 

Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy Denver International Airport
Credit: Courtesy DIA

Parking lots are empty

The parking lots surrounding the airport are also empty. Earlier, DIA announced it was closing the Pikes Peak and Mt. Elbert shuttle lots. 

Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy DIA

No one at drop off 

It used to get congested to drop off passengers at DIA. This photo shows no one in sight. 

Credit: Courtesy DIA

No security lines, and no bags at baggage claim 

Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy DIA

Planes sit unused on the runways 

Credit: Courtesy DIA

People in masks wander otherwise empty terminals

DIA was one of the busiest airports in the U.S. just a few months ago. Now, the trains between the terminals are empty, and there is no trouble finding a seat at the gate. 

Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy DIA
Credit: Courtesy DIA

There's not even a line at the airport McDonald's

This is the busiest restaurant at DIA. 

Credit: Courtesy DIA

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