Airlines cancel more than 850 flights in and out of DIA ahead of winter storm

Airlines began canceling flights in and out of Denver International Airport as a major late-winter storm takes aim at Colorado.

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, 880 flights into, out of and through DIA had been canceled for Wednesday, according to FlightAware.

Denver is under a blizzard warning from 10 a.m. to midnight Wednesday with up to 12 inches of snow and winds gusting to 70 mph possible.

Southwest Airlines canceled 367 flights in and out of DIA starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. That’s 89 percent of its total for the day at the “all-weather” airport.

Southwest has “proactively canceled nearly all operations from Denver International Airport” on Wednesday, the airline said.

Frontier Airlines said flights to, from and through DIA and Colorado Springs were also being scrapped.

“We continue to evaluate the weather situation and as of now expect that many of our Denver flights on Wednesday late morning, afternoon and early evening will not operate,” Frontier said in a statement.

United Airlines issued a travel waiver for Wednesday and Thursday for travel through DIA and other Rocky Mountain and Plains airports. It began canceling flights late Tuesday afternoon.

“We are monitoring the weather closely,” United said.

DIA said passengers should check with their airline to confirm flight status before going to the airport. Passengers are encouraged to arrive at least two hours before their flight.

The airport will have more than 500 people and more than 250 pieces of equipment working on snow removal.

Source: Civil Aviation Authority