A total of 4.2 million passengers used Denver International Airport in December 2010, bringing the year’s passenger total to 52.2 million and making 2010 the busiest year in the gateway's history.
The record-breaking year shows an increase of 1.9% over 2008’s figures, which was previously the 16-year-old airport’s busiest year.
“It’s extremely rewarding to finish 2010 with record-breaking numbers,” says aviation manager, Kim Day.
“We saw the signs that we might break our 2008 record during the fourth quarter of last year, but actually surpassing the 52 million passenger mark exceeds our earlier expectations. We hope this milestone is a signal that we, as a region, are emerging from the sluggish economy.”
Denver also broke its daily passenger record in 2010 when 177,792 passengers passed through the gateway on June 1. The total beat the previous best of 176,287 – set on July 6, 2008 – by 0.85%.