Passenger traffic at Denver International Airport in
December 2008 set a monthly record, propelling the airport to its
highest passenger count ever.
DIA served 4,073,246 passengers in December, the
first time that December’s count topped the 4 million mark. The
4.8% increase over the same month in 2007 was helped by the fact
that Thanksgiving came late last year, and the traditionally busy
Monday after the holiday occurred in December. DIA’s December
total in 2007 was 3,886,366 passengers.
The December total pushed DIA’s annual passenger
count to a record 51,245,334. That was a 2.8% increase over
the previous record total of 49,863,352 passengers in 2007.
“It’s extremely gratifying that we finished the year
with such positive numbers,” said Aviation Manager Kim Day. “We had expected passenger activity to tail off and even
become flat because of the weakening economy and the airlines’
capacity reductions. To finish the year with such a strong showing
is indicative of the strength of the Denver market.”
indication of the slumping economy was a decline in cargo handled
at DIA. The airport finished 2008 with 527,057,707 pounds of cargo
handled, a 6.1% drop from the previous year.
operations in December dipped slightly, 0.9%, to 51,348.
But for the year, 2008 operations rose 1.1% to 625,844 when
compared with 2007.
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