Denver International Airport ended 2013 on a high note by setting a record for the busiest December in the airport’s 19-year history (4.5 million passengers). The airport has continued to break records in the start of 2014: More than four million passengers passed through the airport in January, about an 0.8 percent increase when compared to January 2013.

International traffic at the airport continues to grow as well. The number of passengers traveling out of the country was up 21 percent in January 2014 compared to the previous year. DIA cited the addition of flight options to Tokyo, Japan, Canada, and Frankfurt, Germany, in part, for the increase.

Aviation manager Kim Day said she sees the strong passenger numbers as a positive sign for the economy. In a statement, Day said: “When the airport sees record-breaking increases in passenger traffic, this translates to a positive economic outlook for the entire Rocky Mountain region and indicates that we are off to a strong and successful 2014.”

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