All Denver International Airport runways closed, Peña Boulevard blocked by crashes and 1,300 flights already canceled


All Denver International Airport runways are closed and both directions of Peña Boulevard to and from the airport are blocked because of multiple crashes after 1,353 flights in and out of the airport already were canceled due to Wednesday’s bomb cyclone weather event.

“As of 1:30 p.m., all runways are closed but the terminal and concourses are open,” according to a DIA tweet.

Peña Boulevard is blocked by crashes and airport crews are working with Denver police to clear all the accidents so traffic can pass.

“Please use extreme caution and only travel down Peña if you must,” a DIA tweet says.

As of 1:30 p.m., all runways are closed, but the terminal & concourses are open. Airlines have cancelled flights for early afternoon/evening. Conditions on Peña Blvd. are poor; visibility is extremely low, conditions are icy. Consider the @RideRTD A Line when traveling to DEN. pic.twitter.com/AvGxVcZgeP

– Denver Int’l Airport (@DENAirport) March 13, 2019

DIA spokeswoman Emily Williams said the airport is expecting anywhere from between 7 to 11 inches of snow. Wind gusts have reached 79 mph at DIA, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The latest round of heavy snow looks like this on Pena Boulevard! Please don’t drive unless absolutely necessary. #COwx https://t.co/EF0MZsDujB

– NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) March 13, 2019

ROAD CLOSED: Peña Blvd. is closed both directions from 40th all the way to @DENAirport. #Denver #Cowx #cotraffic #BombCyclone #Blizzard pic.twitter.com/B86yqCqjPU

– Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) March 13, 2019

Another 55 flights have been delayed, according to FlightAware.

Southwest Airlines alone has canceled 372 flights or 90 percent of all its flights, according to FlightAware. SkyWest has canceled 204 flights or 73 percent of its DIA flights.

Frontier, United, Trans States, GoJet, Republic, American Airlines, Delta, Spirit, Jazz Air, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Canada and JetBlue have also canceled flights ahead of the storm.

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Source:: Daily times

      

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