Snow Alert: 253 flight cancellations at Denver International Airport; delays average nearly 2 hours

7 inches of snow expected at airport

DENVER - There have been 281 flight cancellations at Denver International Airport as of 10:45 a.m. Wednesday as DIA anticipates receiving 7 inches of snow.

The 281 cancellations represent about 17 percent of DIA's daily average of 1,700 flights. DIA corrected an earlier estimate of 400 flight cancellations, saying it included duplicated figures.

The FAA is reporting an average flight delay time of 1 hour and 45 minutes at DIA through midnight, said airport spokeswoman Laura Coale.

Airlines are deicing, so passengers should expect to spend a little bit longer on the plane before departing.

Snow removal crews will work to clear runways, taxiways and access roads as needed. DIA has more than 250 pieces of snow-removal equipment and more than 500 trained snow-removal personnel. Peña Boulevard is wet.  Runways are open.

DIA offered these passenger travel tips:

- Before leaving for the airport, check your flight status with the airline or on www.flydenver.com.

- Drive with caution and allow extra time when heading to the airport.

- A good rule of thumb is to be inside the airport two hours prior to flight departure time. This should allow for plenty of time to navigate flight check-in, security lines and travel to the gate.

- DIA recommends passengers download the free FlySmart travel app for the Blackberry, iPhone and Android.  FlySmart Airport travel app features content directly from www.flydenver.com, airport officials said.