Denver airport traffic falls amid snow, recession |

Denver airport traffic falls amid snow, recession

DENVER, Colorado ” Denver airport officials say economic problems and a heavy spring snowstorm that canceled hundreds of flights led to a 6.4 percent drop in traffic in March.

Denver International Airport on Monday reported 4.3 million passengers used the airport in March, down from almost 4.6 million in March 2008.

The dip wasn’t as wide as in February, when passenger traffic was down 8.2 percent from a year ago.

Through March, traffic at the Denver airport was down 5.7 percent from the nearly 12.2 million passengers who used the airport during the same period last year.

The major U.S. airlines have been flying fewer flights or smaller planes to save money as travelers watch their budgets in the recession.

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