Denver International Airport sees passenger traffic rebound in first half of 2021
Denver International Airport (DEN) in the United States reported a 55% increase in passenger traffic in the first half of 2021 compared to the previous year, when it recorded its lowest passenger traffic due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The airport handled nearly 24 million passengers in the first half of this year, down 25% from the first half of 2019.
However, strong demand for travel to and from Denver, as well as high connecting passenger traffic, would have been key factors in the recovery.
The airport ranked second among U.S. airports for domestic travel demand in the first quarter of 2021, compared to fourth in the same quarter of 2019.
In the first six months of this year, connecting passengers made up 42.3% of total airport travelers. This is an increase of almost seven points compared to the first half of 2019.
In addition, DEN ranked as the largest station for three airlines, Frontier, United and Southwest, in the first half of 2021.
In June, the airport welcomed Southern Airways Express while in July, Air France became DEN’s new airline partner.
The airport said its air service network “not only continues to recover but also to expand.”
In a statement, DEN said: âTo close out the first half of the year, DEN’s domestic network included non-stop flights to 183 destinations in 45 states and ranked second among the largest domestic air service networks in the United States. United States.
âInternational passenger traffic and air service are also recovering, but at a slower pace due to border closures and ongoing travel restrictions. ”
International passenger traffic from the airport in the first six months of 2021 fell 54% compared to the same period in 2019.
Despite this decline, few airlines experienced growth during this period like Aeromexico, Frontier and Volaris.
After a 75-day period last year without international flights from April 2 to June 15, the airport restored 17 international routes at the end of June.
British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Edelweiss and WestJet, which have yet to resume service at the airport, are also planning to do so.
DEN CEO Phil Washington said: âThe acceleration of DEN’s recovery in the first half of the year is good news following the sharp decline in passenger traffic in 2020.
âDue to DEN’s strong financial position, we were able to reduce costs for our airlines, which resulted in the addition of new routes and airlines even during the pandemic.â
In June, the airport took an important step in the first phase of the Great Hall project by starting to move the construction walls in the middle of the Jeppesen terminal on level 5.