DENVER -- Travel agencies in central Colorado sat out business most
of April 11, while the area fought its way out of 10 to 15 inches
Denver International Airport closed at 5:30 a.m., but re-opened
midday. The airport in Colorado Springs also was closed and highway
routes between the cities were practically impassable.
"The airport opened at 1:30 [p.m.]," said a spokeswoman for
Frontier Airlines, which uses Denver as a hub. "We were checking
people in around 11 a.m. The snowplows were on the ramp all
United Airlines, which also has a hub in Denver, resumed
operations in the late afternoon. A spokeswoman for United said the
carrier was urging passengers to call ahead to find out if flights
would be running or to log onto the company's Web site.
Agents had calls from passengers because most people were too
busy digging out cars or otherwise dealing with the weather to go
shopping for travel. "It's been rather slow because people don't
want to go out in these conditions," said Joe Kaapana, manager of
AAA Colorado Springs.
"There are only two of us in here today because of the storm,"
said Becky DeWitt, manager of Sunrise Travel in Colorado Springs.
"Some major school districts are shut down. The phone calls just
"With the airport closed, there's nothing you can do to get
out," said Mary Greer, director of public relations for AAA
"Many people just didn't show up to work today," said Ingrid
Hartley, owner of Concord Travel in Denver, "but we had some
warning that this would happen so there was no surprise."
"International travelers would have been the most affected by
this storm because nothing was coming in or out of Denver, but
luckily we didn't get too many of these clients leaving today,"
said Donna Hutcheson, a senior agent at Travel Inc. in Denver.
Power failures struck in much of the area. AAA Colorado had to
cancel its vendor show Wednesday at the Radisson Stapleton Plaza
near Denver due to low turnout. Elevators stopped functioning and
the front desk went into manual check-in operations and emergency
Michele SanFilippo contributed to this report.