DIA reopens with many flights canceled

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DENVER -- Denver International Airport reopened and resumed normal flight operations after being closed for much of Wednesday because of blizzard conditions.

Many flights have been canceled, and the airport is asking travelers to check the status of their flights.

The early spring blizzard caused poor visibility and it was not safe for aircraft to arrive or depart.

All air traffic was halted just before noon by the Federal Aviation Administration because of low visibility before the decision was made to close the airport. It reopened at 7 p.m.

Snow removal crews started working on the airfield late in the afternoon even though no planes were arriving or departing.

Earlier Wednesday, all incoming flights were held at their points of origination by the FAA after a blizzard moving through the state caused a power outage.

The ground stop was implemented because the power outage affected several operational systems. Xcel Energy restored the power just before 9:30 a.m.

The airport did not have the ability to pump fuel from its storage facility and aircraft that required refueling are not able to depart. It also did not have the ability to pump deicing fluid to the trucks, but there was a limited supply that is already available.

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