DENVER (KDVR) — Emergency repairs are complete on the train to the gates at Denver International Airport, but one of the busiest airports in the country shutting down for repairs caused a domino effect of massive delays Friday.
DIA shared the update around 10:10 a.m. Friday saying, “The emergency repairs to the train to the gates are now complete and we continue to increase capacity of the train system. It will likely take several hours for operations to return to normal so we recommend passengers continue to give themselves an extra hour to get to the concourses. If passengers’ flights leave from Concourse A, we encourage them to use the A-Bridge Security Checkpoint.”
The repairs started around 5 a.m. after a mechanical failure caused damage to the tracks around 12:30 a.m. Friday. A spokesperson says a flat tire lowered the train level, causing damage to 100 feet of the train track.
The train system was shut down for a full hour as the airport moved roughly 200 passengers out of the four trains when the incident happened. This caused a domino effect, forcing delays all morning, into the afternoon.
A FOX31 and Channel 2 viewer Paul Lolkema said it took him two hours to get through TSA Pre-Check and once he finally made it through security, the lines were long and the trains were packed.
Lolkema shared these photos:
While train operations have been at normal capacity for hours, DIA officials are still encouraging travelers to budget an extra two hours into their trip to the airport, incase lines continue to be backed up. They hope to have the airport at normal operating rhythm Friday evening.