Colorado Snow affects Airports

Thursday, March 26th 2009, 6:02 pm
By: News 9

Airlines canceled hundreds of flights at the Denver airport Thursday as a 
blizzard moved across the Front Range and Northeast Colorado.

Southwest Airlines canceled all flights Thursday. United Airlines reported 140
 out of 400 flights canceled at 11 a.m. Frontier Airlines said at least 87 
flights were canceled.

DIA spokesman Chuck Cannon said the runways were okay at mid-day, but the 
airlines were being very cautious with the forecast and "don't want to get 
planes stuck here in the blizzard."

Travelers were being encouraged to be careful if they were traveling to the 
airport and the check online before leaving home if they are planning to fly 
out or pick people up. There are a variety of factors that contribute to
flight  cancelations, so always call ahead.

The airport terminal was thick with stranded travelers standing before
monitors  reeling off dozens of "CANCELED" alerts. There was no word on when
flights  would resume.

The storm ruined spring break travel for many.

"I'm trying to go visit my granddaughter," fretted Peggy Johnson of Morrison. 
Johnson's flight to Missoula, Mont.

Other travelers told CBS4 they thought the airlines were over reacting in the 
early hours of the day when the snow fall wasn't has heavy. One man admitted 
there was little he could do about the situation.

Another couple was trying to get home to Chicago by Friday night for a 50th 
birthday party. The husband and wife booked themselves on multiple flights in 
hopes of getting home by Friday.

Road conditions were worsening around the airport as heavy snow began to fall 
late in the morning.