DIA Hopes To Resume Normal Operations Saturday

DENVER (CBS4)– Airlines at Denver International Airport reported nearly 600 cancellations for Friday, including arrivals and departures.

DIA officials don’t anticipate any additional cancellations for Friday or Saturday but said some residual cancellations and delays can be expected as the storm wraps up.

An average of 1,700 flights a day go into and out of DIA this time of year. A 30 percent cancellation rate will have a big impact on business and passengers waiting to arrive at their destination.

The worst of the storm is over and the airport is reporting a total of 8 inches snow accumulation. Snow removal crews at DIA will continue to work overnight and into Saturday focusing on maintenance and transitioning into clean up mode.

Passengers camped out at DIA Friday hoping their cancelled flights would be back on the departure board. Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights early in hopes of keeping planes from getting stuck in Denver, which would bog down the system in other parts of the country.

Most airlines have started re-booking flights for Saturday when the weather is expected to clear.

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