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Two construction projects will impact traffic to and from Denver International Airport (DEN) this week.

Inbound Peña Blvd. lanes (heading to DEN) between Tower Rd. & the RTD bridge will be restored to their pre-existing, permanent alignment. A right inbound lane closure will be in effect from approximately 8 p.m. on May 28 to 4 a.m. on May 29. Additionally, crews will replace a damaged overhead electronic message board sign on May 28 and 29 on outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN). Work is expected to start around 10 p.m. on May 28 and finish around 4 a.m. on May 29, and again around 10 p.m. on May 29 to 4 a.m. on May 30. At approximately 1 a.m., between Tower Road and E 56th Avenue, a slow rolling closure of Peña Boulevard traffic will be implemented for less than 10 minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced. Crews will be transporting and setting bridge girders on E-470 over outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN) between 11 p.m. on May 30 until 6 a.m. on May 31. Between Jackson Gap Street and E-470, approximately once every hour, slow, rolling closures of Peña will be implemented for approximately seven minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced during this time.

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Denver International Airport Ranks as 3rd-Busiest Airport in the World in 2021

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Represents the airport’s highest ever global ranking

DENVER – April 11, 2022 – Today, Airports Council International (ACI) released preliminary rankings for the busiest airports in 2021. Based on total passenger traffic, Denver International Airport (DEN) ranked as the 3rdbusiest airport in the U.S. and the 3rd-busiest airport in the world for the year. This represents the highest ever global ranking for DEN.

10 Busiest Airports Worldwide, 2021

2021 RankAirport2021 Passengers% Change vs. 2019
1Atlanta (ATL)75,704,760-32%
2Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW)62,465,756-17%
3DENVER (DEN)58,828,552-15%
4Chicago-O'Hare (ORD)54,020,399-36%
5Los Angeles (LAX)48,007,284-46%
6Charlotte (CLT)43,302,230-13%
7Orlando (MCO)40,351,068-20%
8Guangzhou (CAN)40,259,401-45%
9Chengdu (CTU)40,117,496-28%
10Las Vegas (LAS)39,754,366-23%

Of the world’s 10 busiest airports in 2021, eight were in the U.S. and two were in China. Denver was one of only four airports worldwide to serve more than 50 million passengers in 2021. Denver’s top ranking can be attributed to the strong demand for domestic travel during the pandemic and the Mile High City’s advantageous geographic position which supports connecting passenger traffic flows. In 2021 DEN ranked as the largest airport for flights for Frontier, Southwest and United. Additionally, DEN’s global ranking for total annual aircraft movements in 2021 was fourth, up from fifth in 2019. “Despite the challenges, DEN has shown resiliency through the pandemic and has proven why Denver is such an important hub for our airline partners,” said DEN CEO Phil Washington. “As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we remain committed to working collaboratively with our airlines to expand DEN’s air service network providing even more travel options to and from Denver.” DEN’s ranking among the world’s busiest airports has continued to improve in recent years. In 2017 and 2018, DEN ranked as the 19th-busiest airport in the world and moved up to the 16th position in 2019. DEN’s fifth-place U.S. ranking was consistent prior to the pandemic but in 2020 and 2021 DEN surpassed both ORD and LAX to rank third.

Recent Historical DEN Worldwide Passenger Traffic Rankings

YearU.S. RankingWorldwide Ranking
2017519
2018519
2019516
202038
202133

DEN’s passenger traffic in 2022 is trending in a positive direction. Although January 2022 saw a decline of 13% vs. January 2019 due to the impacts of the omicron variant, February 2022 was the first month since the start of the pandemic DEN recorded a monthly increase vs. 2019. In February 2022, DEN served 4,593,960 passengers, a 0.1% increase over the 4,588,397 passengers served in February 2019. In addition, it is notable that February 2022 recorded more passengers than January 2022, despite having three fewer days. Through the first two months of 2022 DEN’s passenger traffic is 7% below the same period in 2019.


Denver International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $36 billion for the region annually. For more information visit www.FlyDenver.com, check us out on YouTube and Instagram, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for DEN’s monthly newsletter Nonstop News.


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