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DIA sees slight dip in February passenger traffic

February 2011 brought a slight dip in passenger traffic at Denver International Airport (DIA) with a reported total of 3,648,374 passengers traveling through the facility that month. The figure represents a 1.4 percent decline from the 3,700,975 travelers who used the airport during the same month last year, or a decrease of 52,601 passengers. This is the first time since June 2009 that DIA has seen a drop in traffic numbers.

The record for February traffic was set in 2008 when 3,834,362 passengers traveled through Denver’s airport. The year-to-date traffic for February 2011 is 7,576,710, an increase of 99,602 passengers, or 1.3 percent, over the same two-month period in 2010 when DIA saw 7,477,108 travelers.

“The months between Christmas and spring break are typically a slower time for travel, so a slight decrease in our February figures is not completely unexpected,” Aviation Manager Kim Day said. “Given the record-breaking year we saw in 2010 and the consistent growth we’ve seen over the last two years, we feel encouraged that our airport will continue to see more positive progress as the year goes on.”

Flight operations at the airport remained essentially flat in February with a 0.6 percent increase, rising from 47,293 in 2010, to 47,600 in 2011. Cargo saw an increase of 4.7 percent with 42,537,276 pounds of total cargo handled in February 2011, compared to 40,634,853 pounds during the same month last year.

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