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DIA approaches 25th birthday with record passenger numbers

More than 69 million passengers used the airport in 2019, according to a release.
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DENVER — As Denver International Airport (DIA) approaches its 25th birthday, it continues to set new records for passenger totals.

A record-setting 69 million passengers passed through DIA in 2019, according to a release from the airport. That makes for a seven percent increase over 2018, which held the previous record, the release said. 

“As DEN [DIA] prepares to celebrate our 25th birthday later this month, we are reflecting on the past 25 years of growth,” airport CEO Kim Day said in a release. "When DEN [DIA] opened, many naysayers said the airport, which was built for 50 million passengers a year, would never reach capacity. Now, 25 years later we have far exceeded our original capacity and are building to accommodate our passenger growth now and in the future with a redesigned terminal and 39 newly built gates. These improvements will allow us to accommodate the growth of our airlines and serve 90 million passengers.” 

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Passenger numbers finished strong in 2019, according to the release, with record-breaking months in November and December. That marks 27 consecutive months of growth. 

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To be exact, a total of 69,015,703 passengers traveled via DIA in 2019, according to the release. That shatters the previous record of 64,494,613.

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DIA said it made history on July 19, when 227,497 passengers passed through the airport. The airport also served an all-time high number of international flights, at nearly 3.2 million passengers, according to the release.  

DIA opened for business on Feb. 28, 1995.

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