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DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado’s largest airport is ending another tough travel year with a good recovery.

Denver International Airport ranked the world’s third-busiest airport through the end of this year after COVID-related travel issues had damaged the global travel industry.

Only the Atlanta and Dallas-Ft. Worth international airports had more passenger traffic throughout the year.

DEN’s yearly travel throughput has still not reached pre-pandemic levels, it ended the year about 15% lower than 2019, but those numbers have rebounded by the month, even with a recent spate of cancellations.

The holiday travel surge was expected to bring another 2.7 million passengers through the airport, which airport officials said is about 5% off the total holiday travel during the holidays in 2019.