Wild weather brings flight delays to DIA

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DENVER -- Nasty weather across the country is snarling air traffic coming in and out of Denver International Airport.

Holiday passengers going through DIA on Monday spiked at about 166,000 - which is about 20,000 more people than a normal day.

Many of those passengers, especially the ones heading to the Midwest or Texas, dealt with an array of delays and some cancellations.

“We’ve had our flight delayed about four or five times and now it just got cancelled,” said Jennie Bailey who was trying to be patient with her mother Tracey and son Conrad. “They delayed it because of mechanical and then delayed it because of ‘weather’”.

Needless to say, Jennie, Tracey and Conrad will be staying in Denver for at least another night. They’re trying to fly in to Dallas, but with weather issues down there, DIA said at least 11 Texas-bound flights had to be cancelled on Monday.

“Well no one has had a story like mine,” shouted Denise Danilov.

Danilov has been trying to get back to Chicago since Christmas. She initially changed her flight to Monday, only to have it changed again.

“When I got [to DIA] they delayed my flight to Chicago [again],” she said in good spirit.

She’s on standby now, hoping to catch a flight Tuesday morning.

“Our flight was supposed to take off at 5:40pm but was cancelled as soon as we showed up,” said Kelsie Sullivan, who was sitting a few people down from Danilov.

Sullivan and her parents were en route back to Grand Rapids, Michigan. But alas, weather changed their plans as well.

“Apparently there are some bad ice storms going through the Midwest,” she said.

The good news: the people we spoke with for this story seemed to enjoy their time in Colorado. So, here’s to an extended vacation!

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