Denver airport flight delays cause ripple effects around the US


A ground delay at Denver International Airport is causing ripple effects across the country. 

Nationwide, flights to Denver are being delayed more than two hours on average due to wind, according to the FAA

Flights out of Denver are delayed an average of 56 minutes and growing, according to FlightAware, which tracks flight status in real time.

As of 3:40 p.m. ET, FlightAware reported 759 delays on Southwest, 369 delays on SkyWest, and more than 200 delays each on United, Delta and American systemwide. Utah-based SkyWest also had 93 cancellations. Not all cancellations or delays were tied to the wind in Denver.

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Denver International had urged travelers, on social media, to check flight status with their airline as they expected high winds and delays throughout the day.

Regardless of the reason, the Department of Transportation requires airlines to offer a refund when they cancel a flight or experience a “significant delay.” The definition of significant delays varies, however, from airline to airline.