Modest cancellations as DIA keeps pace with storm

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DENVER — Snow removal crews worked through the night at Denver International Airport to keep runways clear. As a result, the airport said Thursday morning that only 72 flights had been cancelled.

“Keep in mind, DIA averages 1,700 flights daily,” said airport spokeswoman Laura Coale.

Most of the cancelled flights were commuter flights with destinations in the Colorado Mountains and Kansas and Nebraska where Thursday’s winter storm is much more severe.

Coale said there were about 250 passengers affected by delays or cancellations. Most people stayed at local hotels as opposed to sleeping at the airport.

Pena Boulevard was wet and in good shape Thursday morning, Coale said but cautioned, “We continue to urge drivers to drive with caution and allow extra time to get to the airport.”

Delays are possible Thursday as the forecast calls for light snow to fall until 1 p.m. at the airport.

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