DENVER (CBS4)– More than 2,400 flights have been cancelled nationwide with 40 of those departing and arriving at Denver International Airport because of the winter storm that’s hitting the East Coast.
Airlines believe it could take the weekend to catch up to all those cancellations.
Travelers at DIA have been waiting for the flight board to change from “delayed” to “on time” for hours on Friday.
“Our plane was supposed to leave at 10:40 a.m. from Omaha and it was coming from Chicago but our plane got delayed,” said traveler Isabella Brown. “We missed our connecting flight to San Antonio last night and we had to stay. Now we’re stuck a day late.”
Brown hopes to finally make it home before the weekend.
“There are a lot of people in the airport so it’s kind of causing everyone to get stressed and kind of be nagging each other,” said Brown.
Kristie Frahm is one of those travelers feeling the stress. She and her family are traveling to Chicago for her sister-in-law’s wedding.
“Apparently our plane was delayed in Detroit?” asked Frahm of her husband.
“LaGuardia,” he replied.
“So it looks like we’re going to be here for five more hours!” said Frahm.
DIA Spokesman Laura Coale said in addition to the cancellations there have been dozens of delayed flights.
“With the weather we always encourage everyone to be patient. Delays are really for your safety. Safety is the most important thing,” said Coale.
Even those who are able to board a plane won’t be taking the route they signed up for.
“We don’t have a direct flight to San Antonio so we have to go to Phoenix first. Then from Phoenix to San Antonio so it’s kind of like going all around the world trying to get back home,” said Brown.
Coale encourages anyone flying this weekend to check their flight status before leaving home for DIA because more delays are expected as airlines try to catch up.