Denver International Airport Sets Record Passenger Numbers in 2022

Matt Scribner | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Denver International Airport is a major thoroughfare for ski resort-bound travelers (Image: Visit Denver)

Denver International Airport saw its busiest year of travel in 2022. 69,286,461 flyers traveled through DIA in 2022, which may explain why the slopes have been so busy!

DIA surpassed its pre-pandemic record year, 2019, by almost 200,000 passengers. This comes despite a December mega storm that crippled travel across the country and led to flights being canceled and delayed at a staggering scale. The major air travel hub also saw a 17.8% increase from 2021, a rise in traffic that comes out to an additional 10,000,000 passengers!

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock offered his thoughts on the large increase. He writes:

“Our airport’s recovery in 2022 to pre-pandemic levels of passenger traffic is nothing short of extraordinary, but it exemplifies the importance of DEN as a national and international hub for air service. As the largest economic engine in the state, DEN continues to lead Denver and Colorado to new heights”

It certainly would not be surprising to see this trend continue in the coming years, as the airport is bracing to accept even more passengers going forward. As part of its “Vision 100” plan, DIA anticipates transporting 100 million passengers per year in the coming years. After experiencing a dip due to COVID-19, the airport is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Do you think this has contributed to the increasing number of skiers and snowboarders on the slopes in Colorado? With increasingly long lift lines and traffic on I-70 reaching levels that have never been seen before, it would be hard to believe that it hasn’t. It’s abundantly clear that interest in skiing at Colorado’s famed ski resorts like Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Winter Park, and more is higher than ever, and these statistics surely reflect that!

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