Tuesday, November 09, 2021

DIA could rebound to 200K international travelers a month as ban lifts

Denver: Denver International Airport should see the number of travelers nose back up to prepandemic levels now that international travel restrictions are lifted.

President Joe Biden announced on Sept. 23 an end to pandemic travel restrictions on foreign travelers into the U.S. Thirty-three countries had been on the travel ban, including the United Kingdom, China, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil and South Africa.

As international traffic opens back up Nov. 8, DIA will recover some of what it lost in the last 20 months.

In a statement, DIA officials said foreign travelers made up the bulk of the airport’s visitors.

“In 2019 DEN welcomed more than 1.7 million international travelers,” the statement said. “Visitors from the banned countries represented nearly 40% of total inbound travel to Denver, with the highest volumes from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and China, respectively.”

Between November 2018 and January 2020, every month at DIA had at least 200,000 inbound and outbound foreign travelers. In March 2020, that number crashed.

08/11/21 DJ Summers/FOX 31

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