DIA delays carry over into Friday

2:21 PM, Jul 15, 2011   |    comments
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Frontier Airlines cancelled more than 50 flights through Saturday because of the damage to its planes.

Frontier is currently making repairs on 18 of its 59 Airbus planes. Frontier says five of those could be returned to service over the weekend. Two turbo-props were also damaged in Wednesday's storm.

Thirteen Airbus planes need more repairs and were sent to maintenance bases in Kansas City, Rome, N.Y., Phoenix, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Denver. It is unclear when those planes will be able to return to service.

The cancellation listing will continue to change Friday, according to Frontier.

"We have had to cancel dozens of flights and will have to cancel more in the coming days," Peter Kowalchuk, director of corporate communications for Frontier Airlines, said. "We have waived our normal customer service policies for weather-related cancellations and will do whatever we can to take care of guests whose trips have been interrupted by this event. We are arranging short-term aircraft lease capacity to help move our stranded guests and will reallocate our limited reserve fleet to pick up whatever flying those aircraft can support."

The airline also says it's trying to book passengers on other airlines and get more aircraft from its parent company, Republic Airlines. It's also paying for hotel rooms for stranded travelers.

If you have travel plans and want to find out the status of your Frontier flight, go to www.frontierairlines.com and click on the Flight Status tab on their home page.

Another top carrier in Denver, Southwest Airlines, had three planes damaged. With 550 planes, it didn't have to delay or cancel flights

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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