Holiday travel rush begins

Posted at 6:34 AM, Dec 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-23 09:51:24-05

DENVER -- Thursday marked the unofficial start to the rush to head home for the holidays, and after several days of delays and cancelations at Denver International Airport, things were moving smoothly at the airport Friday morning.

Many flights arriving to the airport Friday morning were ahead of schedule.

AAA said more than 103 million Americans are traveling Thursday through Jan. 2, the most on record.

On Thursday, many travelers, especially those flying on Frontier Airlines, who stuck at the airport since this weekend’s snow storm were still trying to get flights home, but most had gotten out of Denver by the end of the evening.

However, the majority of travelers will be skipping the airport security lines altogether. Most Americans will be hitting the road. More than 93 million people will take a holiday road trip, an increase of 1.5 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase by 2.5 percent, with more than 6 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations.

Denver International Airport says it is fully-staffed with TSA agents and has brought in more in order to help with the surge. It also has de-icing trucks at the ready for planes as colder weather and possible precipitation is predicted for the weekend.


Sign up for Denver7 email alerts to stay informed about breaking news and daily headlines.

Or, keep up-to-date by following Denver7 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.