Holiday travel smooth in Denver, not so in the eastern US

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DENVER -- The weather back east has had little or no impact on Denver International Airport so far. Travelers passing through DIA on Tuesday experienced very few flight delays.

“The flight was smooth and a little bit late,” said Jack Verbeek who flew from Michigan to Colorado. “Some deicing in Grand Rapids but other than that it was a good flight here.”

“No I wasn’t until the snow started in Michigan,” said Sandy Lafever of Lyons when asked if she was nervous about traveling during Thanksgiving week. “Yeah it was pretty bad up there but they fly out of Grand Rapids pretty easily.”

The Rigell family wasn’t so lucky. They experienced several delays on their way from West Palm Beach to Denver on Tuesday evening.

“Well, the delays just make travel a little bit more stressful because our daughter’s going to be tired and we won’t get into Denver until about 3 a.m. our time,” said Kelly Rigell. “It’s going to start the vacation on a difficult foot.”

LINK: Powerful winter storm messes up holiday travel all over U.S.

DIA typically sees about 145,000 passengers a day. Over 158,000 passengers will fly in and out of the airport on Wednesday before that figure drops down dramatically on Thanksgiving Day.

Sunday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the holiday week. The airport advises travelers to leave plenty of time before their flights depart.

“We just really want passengers to plan ahead,” said Laura Coale, DIA spokesperson.

“Go to flydenver.com to look at parking availabilities, security wait time and, of course, check their flight status with the airline before coming on out to the airport.”

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