By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver
(Denver, CO) We’ve known that Denver International Airport is the third busiest airport globally for two years in a row and that millions of travelers stream through the concourses every year. But exactly how much of an economic impact does the conspiracy-ridden airport have on Colorado?
Airport officials now have an up-to-date, precise answer: DIA pumps about $36.4 billion into Colorado’s economy annually and supports 220,000 jobs. United Airlines, which is expanding its presence in the Mile High City, is Denver’s biggest private employer.
DIA hired an outside consultant to conduct the economic impact study, which evaluated data from 2021. A previous 2020 study that relied on 2018 data found that the airport contributed $33.5 billion to the state’s economy.
The economic impact is expected to soar as Denver builds out projects and improvements in its Vision 100 plan, like a Great Hall renovation, more gate expansions and improvements along Peña Boulevard.
Airport officials expect that by 2032 or sooner, the airport will support 447,386 jobs with a total economic impact of $71.28 billion.
DIA expects that more than 100 million passengers will travel through the airport each year in the next decade. Currently, annual passenger traffic is at about 69 million.
Denver International Airport has lifted Denver and Colorado as global destinations, helping to ensure the resiliency of our economy, said Denver Mayor Mike Johnston in a press release.
“The economic impact DEN has had since its opening more than 25 years ago is an incredible asset for the vibrancy of Denver – and our entire state – and presents even greater opportunity and success both today and for Denver's future.”