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7:45 AM, Dec 28, 2007   |    comments
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United, the largest carrier at Denver International Airport, scrapped 166 in and out of Denver. That is about 17 percent of its daily schedule at its second-largest hub. United says the flights were cancelled to help prevent planes passing through Denver from being stranded there.

It marked the fourth straight day that United had cancelled flights. The Chicago-based carrier grounded fewer than 5 percent of its 3,300 flights worldwide Wednesday as it moved crews to deal with schedules disrupted days earlier when bad weather hit O'Hare International Airport. A United spokesman says pilots were working too many hours because of the storms in the Midwest which caused a ripple effect at DIA and forced the cancellation of flights.

Later in the day on Thursday, United said the continuing cancellations were because of the post-Christmas storm.

If your flight is cancelled, United says it will automatically book you on the next available flight.

"There will be impacts in other parts of the system and we're doing our best to accommodate everyone," United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said.

Passengers should call ahead to their airline to check their flight status before heading out to DIA.

Meanwhile, discount carrier Skybus Airlines said Thursday it was operating normally again after two days of cancellations due to maintenance issues with a pair of its seven planes. The Columbus, Ohio-based company canceled 18 flights over Tuesday and Wednesday, affecting an estimated 1,000 holiday travelers.

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