Runways reopen at DIA but airlines cancel several flights for Thursday

DENVER -- All six runways reopened at Denver International Airport on Thursday morning after a blizzard slammed the state, but airlines still canceled hundreds of flights.

The "all-weather" airport closed its runways at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday because of low visibility on the airfield. The terminal and concourses remained open during the day and overnight Thursday.

Airlines canceled 1,386 flights in and out of the airport on Wednesday.  There were 74 delays before flights in the afternoon and evening were canceled.

The airport advised travelers with scheduled flights to check with their airlines to confirm flight status before commuting to the airport.

RELATED: Denver International Airport arrivals and departures

The first plane to leave on Thursday was Frontier Airlines Flight 64, which left at 8:05 a.m. bound for Cleveland. The first arrival was American Airlines Flight 2438, which arrived from Dallas-Fort Worth at 8:07 a.m.

The bulk of arrivals and departures will happen about noon, the airport said.

As of 1 p.m., there were 696 canceled flights in and out of the airport for Thursday, according to FlightAware, including 225 by Southwest Airlines, 155 by SkyWest Airlines and 131 by United Airlines.

Airlines reported 243 delays.

The RTD A Line between Union Station and the airport began departing every 15 minutes at 6 a.m. RTD said to expect an extra 20 to 30 minutes of travel time because of inclement weather.

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