DIA breaks all-time record with almost 53M travelers in 2011

Denver International Airport's (DIA) passenger traffic continued to grow in 2011, making it the busiest year in the airport's 17-year history. A total of 4,296,496 passengers traveled through DIA in December 2011, bringing this year's passenger traffic total to 52,849,132. The record-breaking year is a 1.7 percent increase over the previous record in 2010 of 51,985,038 passengers traveling through DIA. It is the fourth consecutive year that more than 50 million passengers have traveled through DIA annually.

DIA also experienced its busiest holiday travel season in 2011. Passenger traffic in December 2011 surpassed December 2010 traffic, 4,209,486, by 2.1 percent, making it the busiest December in airport history. The busiest November on record was also in 2011 with 4,088,543 passengers traveling through DIA.

"These results, despite capacity decreases by some of our carriers, just reaffirm that Denver remains a very strong market for air travel," Aviation Manager Kim Day said. "In fact, two new carriers - Icelandair and Spirit - have already announced plans to initiate new service at DIA in 2012, continuing to serve the growing demand for both international and domestic travel in Denver."

December brought a 3.3 percent decrease in flight operations from 53,530 in 2010, to 51,781 in 2011. Cargo saw a 2.6 percent decrease in December from 51,805,974 pounds of cargo handled in 2010, to 50,453,501 pounds of cargo handled in 2011.

The complete December 2011 traffic report will be available at: http://business.flydenver.com/stats/traffic/index.asp.