Decline in passenger traffic slows at denver

Signs of optimism at DEN.

A total of 4,708,808 passengers were recorded at Denver International Airport in June, a 2.5 percent decline from the 4,829,829 travelers who used the airport during the same month last year.  The monthly dip was the smallest at DIA since January, when traffic declined 2.4 percent compared with the same month the previous year.

Despite the drop, it was the second-busiest June in DIA's history and the fifth-busiest month ever at the airport.

For the first six months of the year, passenger traffic at DIA totaled 24,337,554.  That was down 4.7 percent from the 25,551,220 passengers recorded in the first half of 2008.  DIA's all-time record of 51.2 million passengers was set last year.

Flight operations in June totaled 53,330, a decline of 2.4 percent from the same month last year.  For the first six months of this year, DIA's operations totaled 302,526, down 4.0 percent from the comparable period of 2008.

The complete traffic report will be available on DIA's Web site by following this link: