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.