DENVER - Despite snow coating Denver International Airport, there were just a few weather-related flight cancellations or delays as of Wednesday morning.
As of 11 a.m., there were 50 arriving and 60 departing flights that were delayed and four departing flights that were canceled. Weather-related cancellations are mainly occurring in small Colorado mountain towns like Aspen, Vail as well as Bozeman, Mont. and areas of Canada.
All other airport operations are continuing as normal.
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Snow-removal crews are in place just in case snow starts to accumulate. DIA has approximately 500 trained snow removal personnel available to assist during any snow event. Crews rotate in 12-hour shifts. The morning crew arrived at 3 a.m. and the next crew will be in place at 3 p.m. if necessary.
Snow removal teams have access to approximately 270 pieces of snow removal equipment including snow blowers, plows, snow melters, sand/liquid spreaders, loaders with box plows, tractor-plows, bobcats and bobcats with box plows. DIA also has several multi-function equipment which can perform several functions at once, such as plowing, sweeping and blowing snow while spreading snow removal liquid or sand products. DIA has two different types of snow melters: 10 melters that can melt 600 tons of snow an hour and one melter that melts 150 tons of snow per hour.
Pena Boulevard however is wet, and DIA officials are warning travelers to go slowly on the road.
Travelers should check their flight status before leaving for the airport with their airline or on www.flydenver.com. While on the website, travelers may also check available parking and road conditions on Pena Boulevard.
A good rule of thumb is to be inside the airport two hours prior to flight departure time. This should allow for plenty of time to navigate flight check-in, security lines and travel to the gate.
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