Aspen airport weathers storm | AspenTimes.com

Aspen airport weathers storm

John Colson

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN – Friday was “a very fortunate day” at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, with all scheduled flights getting in and out, though some a little later than expected, said a local airline expert.As of 3:15 p.m. on Friday, said Bill Tomcich of Stay Aspen-Snowmass, 14 of the day’s 22 scheduled departures had left the airport on their way to Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Phoenix. With the end of the holiday season, he said, more people were leaving than were arriving.Some arriving flights had come in late on Friday morning, he said, due to a backlog in Denver as airport officials there dealt with their second big snowstorm of the month.He said the longest delay was two and a half hours, and there had been no canceled flights as of mid-afternoon.It had stopped snowing in Denver by then, Tomcich said, and he was told that “they’re moving things through” as quickly as safely feasible.But, he said, the snow was expected to resume in the evening.”My guess is … maybe by the end of the night we might have a cancellation or two,” he predicted, due to a backlog in flights that DIA might not be able to clear before another wave of snow arrives.John Colson’s e-mail is jcolson@aspentimes.com.