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This is why Denver's airport seems busier than usual

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By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

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Denver International Airport set a new record for international travel in June 2022.Denver International Airport

(Denver, Colo) You’re not imagining it if Denver International Airport seems busier than usual: For the first half of 2022, more than 32 million passengers passed through the airport, which is a 30 percent increase compared to the first half of 2021. The airport also set a new record, with June 2022 ranking as the busiest month on record for international passenger traffic at DIA.

Recognized as the third busiest airport globally, DIA’s passenger numbers show a pandemic recovery. The newly released figures show that airport traffic was down just 1.6 percent compared to the first half of 2019. However, in the first three months of 2022 – February, March and April – DEN passenger traffic exceeded the volume for the same months in 2019.

Airport officials say the strong passenger traffic recovery ranks high compared to other airports of DIA’s size because there’s a strong travel demand to and from Denver and a large volume of connecting passengers.

The most recent data from Airports Council International shows that DIA maintains its ranking as the third-busiest in the world, just behind Atlanta and Dallas-Ft. Worth.

United is Denver’s largest carrier, with 47.2 percent of the total DIA passengers in the first half of 2022 flying the airline. Southwest nabbed 30.2 percent of the market share, followed by Frontier, which served 9.1 percent of DIA’s passengers in the year's first half.

For the first half of the year, DIA served 189 non-stop destinations in 46 states, and DEN airline partners offered nonstop routes to 214 destinations in 13 countries.

Traveling soon? Here are some tips to help navigate DIA.

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