A record number of travelers have passed through Denver International Airport in the first half of 2014, driven partly by a better economy.
Nearly 26 million international and domestic passengers have used DIA through June, a 2.1 percent increase over the same period last year.
“Certainly this summer has seen a lot of people traveling through DIA,” airport spokesman Heath Montgomery says.
As the economy improves, more people are traveling again, Montgomery says. “There’s just a general uptick in aviation overall and certainly we’re seeing our share of the impact in Denver.”
More than 4.8 million travelers used the airport in June, the second biggest June in the airport’s 19-year history.
The increase in passenger traffic is being driven by domestic flights, which make up 95 percent of all flights at DIA. But the number of international travelers has jumped by double-digit percentages every month for more than a year. About 1.2 million international passengers have come through DIA this year thanks to new direct flights from Japan and Mexico.
Passenger traffic jumped around the time recreational marijuana stores opened, but airport officials say there is no evidence that people are traveling in greater numbers for pot tourism.