Mar 24, 2010 12:01 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

5,000 sleep at snow-crippled Denver airport

Denver International Airport estimated up to 5,000 people spent the night there after their flights were canceled Tuesday. Airport workers passed out cots and blankets.

The airport planned to keep three of four runways open Wednesday during the busy spring season, with one runway closed on a rotating basis for snow removal.

The flight disruptions began Tuesday when planes were sitting too long on the tarmac after getting de-iced so they had to return to terminals and get de-iced again. That, in turn, caused the airport to put a hold on arrivals until the departure backlog was cleared.

At the Colorado Springs Airport, all arrivals and departures are normal, except flights routed through Denver. If you're flying today, check with your airline before going to the airport.





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