DIA holds onto Bronze, still the 3rd busiest airport in the world

Only Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth were busier.
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Mayor Michael Hancock’s face greets people entering Denver via international flights. May 8, 2022.
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More than 32 million passengers walked through DIA terminals through the first half of this year - up 30.2 percent from the same time period last year.

That means, Denver International Airport continues to be the third busiest airport in the world. (Yikes!) Only Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth saw more foot traffic.

The 32,171,152 passengers mark was on par with 2019 - technically a 1.6 percent decline that officials say shows the airport is rebounding from the pandemic.

"Through continued investment by our airline partners, DEN's passenger traffic growth remains strong as we work to return to pre-pandemic passenger levels," said DEN CEO Phil Washington in a press release.

"We are optimistic about our passenger growth for the remainder of the year and expect to finish close to or slightly above our 2019 record of 69 million passengers."

The bounce back includes international travel, which is only 4 percent behind 2019's record pace. And this June was DIA busiest month for international travel ever.

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