A total of 54,014,502 passengers passed though DEN in 2015, up 1% over the 53,472,514 passengers in 2014 – which was previously the airport’s busiest year on record.
December 2015 was also the busiest December in DEN history, with 4.58 million passengers. This was the fourth consecutive month of record-setting passenger traffic.
“Denver International Airport had a tremendous year in 2015,” said airport CEO Kim Day.
“We celebrated our 20th anniversary, opened the Westin Denver International Airport and an amazing outdoor public plaza, and we saw demand for air travel to and from Denver at historic levels. We are so thankful to our passengers, airlines and business partners for an amazing year – but we aren’t done yet.
“We will continue to seek out new airlines and destinations, elevate the passenger experience and continue our efforts to put Denver on the world map.”
In December, international passenger traffic increased 4.3%. International flights that use the airport’s customs facility had strong gains in 2015, with an increase of 16%, while Canadian preclearance flights declined 22% due to an economic downturn within the oil industry. That decline caused overall international traffic to be nearly flat in 2015 with 2,192,613 international travelers, compared with 2,208,209 international passengers in 2014.
DEN served 181 destinations around the world during 2015. In 2016, the airport will add several new carriers and new nonstop destinations, including nonstop service to Munich, Germany from Lufthansa in May, and daily nonstop service from Denver to Montreal from Air Canada in June.