Flight cancellations continue at Denver airport as Southwest struggles

Holiday travelers at Denver International Airport continued to face flight cancellations and delays Monday as airlines struggled to recover after more than 1,000 flights were canceled during the peak holiday travel days last week.

The widespread cancellations came during a historic cold snap in Denver, with temperatures dropping well below zero. As of 10 a.m. Monday, 285 scheduled flights at Denver’s airport were delayed and another 154 canceled, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.

Most of those problems affected flights on Southwest Airlines, which accounted for 122 of the canceled flights and 165 of the delayed flights, about 22% and 30% of the airline’s traffic through Denver today, according to FlightAware.

That’s an improvement from Sunday, when Southwest canceled 268 flights — 51% of its Denver traffic — and delayed another 217 planes.

Southwest Airlines representatives did not immediately return a request for more information Monday, but the airline said in a statement on its website Saturday that winter storms “forced thousands of cancellations throughout our network.”

The statement said Southwest Airlines was “uniquely affected given our size and structure.” The statement did not elaborate.

United Airlines showed 15 canceled flights Monday, about 2% of its Denver traffic, and 59 delayed flights, about 11% of total traffic in Denver, according to FlightAware. Other airlines had just a handful of cancellations and delays Monday.

Weather in Denver warmed into the 50s on Saturday and is expected to stay mild for the next few days.


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