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DIA Sees High Number Of Happy Holiday Travelers

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Two friends wait for family members to arrive at Denver International Airport on Dec. 21. (credit: CBS)

Two friends wait for family members to arrive at Denver International Airport on Dec. 21. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – On a busy holiday travel day at Denver International Airport on Friday everyone was seemingly in high spirits, even a woman who missed her flight.

“I’ve never actually been on a plane. This is my first time on a plane,” said Shanna Blotske of Denver. “I already missed my flight today, so this is my second time here. We were just running late.”

Blotske was getting set to get on a different plane to see family in Bismarck, N.D., when CBS4 caught up with her. Despite her admittedly poor planning, Blotske was like just about everyone at the airport — smiling with the holiday season in full swing.

Shanna, left, and Sarah Blotske (credit: CBS)

Shanna, left, and Sarah Blotske (credit: CBS)

The airport is decked out for the holidays, with poinsettias everywhere, musicians performing holiday tunes in the Jeppesen Terminal and many travelers in fun costumes.

A man waits for family members to arrive at Denver International Airport on Dec. 21. (credit: CBS)

A man waits for family members to arrive at Denver International Airport on Dec. 21. (credit: CBS)

Friday was expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year at DIA, with a projected 168,000 travelers passing through. Despite some weather problems in the middle of the country, most planes were departing and arriving on time during the day. For drivers, the Pikes Peak shuttle lot is now full and the Economy Lot East is also full.

For many travelers, there were emotional reunions with family and friends. That was certainly the case for Carlos Rosales, who was returning to the Denver area from Mexico for the first time in a long time.

“It’s awesome to be back. I haven’t been back here in like 3 years. I miss everyone here,” Rosales told CBS4 with his arm around his mom and his good friend Bethany Troxell.

Rosales is headed to Greeley to spend the holiday there. He had a message for everyone traveling during this holiday.

“I hope they have a great time, as great a time as I’m going to have with them — my mom, my best friend.”

The reunited group. (credit: CBS)

The reunited group. (credit: CBS)

LINK: flydenver.com

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