DIA has been busier in 2016 than ever before

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Denver International Airport's Blue Mustang. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

TSA isn’t totally to blame for increased wait times and long lines at Denver International Airport.

The airport saw more travelers during the first half 2016 than any six-month period in its 21-year history. More than 27.5 million passengers arrived at or departed from DIA through the end of June, according to a report released Monday.

“June marks the tenth consecutive record-setting month for passenger traffic at Denver International Airport and the busiest month in the history of this airport, driven by increases in airline capacity,” airport CEO Kim Day said in a statement.

Virgin America and Sun Country Airlines joined DIA’s portfolio of carriers this year. The airport also added nine new nonstop destinations, most prominently Lufthansa service to Munich.


Those factors are partly responsible for the increase in travelers, Day said.

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