Despite more snowy days in Denver, Colo., the majority of flights between Denver and San Francisco international airports went smoothly on Friday, with only a few cancellations or delays.
“So far the weather’s been good for us, so we’re doing pretty good,” SFO duty manager Michael Brown said. He added that equipment problems, not weather, were responsible for two of the canceled flights.
According to Brown, five flights were canceled between San Francisco and Denver by noon on Friday. One United Airlines departure to Denver and two arrivals were canceled, and Frontier Airlines canceled one departure and one arrival.
In addition to almost two-hour delays on some flights to Denver, bad weather led to delays on flights heading to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Over the Christmas travel weekend, high demand and bad weather knocked out more than 2,000 United and 550 Frontier Airlines flights. The storm that caused the holiday delays dumped between 2 and 3 feet of snow on the Denver area.
Brown said that after the rush of travelers during Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends, New Year’s is “just slightly busier” than a normal day for the airport.
Denver — the second largest international airport in the world in terms of land space — is a major hub for United and Frontier Airlines, and Brown said that anytime either carrier has problems, delays are felt systemwide.
One inch of snow was expected to fall on Denver on Friday, and another inch is possible on Saturday as the storm tapers off at the start of the new year.