Apr 15, 2024 - News

Denver International Airport falls 3 spots to world's 6th-busiest

Data: Airports Council International; Chart: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Despite Denver International Airport's passenger traffic soaring to new heights, it fell from No. 3 to No. 6 in the 2023 rankings of the world's busiest airports, new data shows.

By the numbers: DIA recorded nearly 78 million passengers in 2023, up 12% from the previous year and about 13% since 2019, according to a preliminary report released this week from Airports Council International.

The intrigue: Even though it slipped globally, Denver has held its status as the third-busiest airport in the country for a second straight year.

  • Airport officials say Denver's drop is due to the continued post-pandemic recovery of travel demand across other regions of the world, particularly in Dubai, London and Tokyo.

Yes, but: 2023 marked DIA's busiest year on record — the first in which it served more than 70 million passengers.

What we're watching: DIA is working on opening a new east security checkpoint by the end of 2025, which will add 17 new lanes.

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