GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Travel delays are common in the wintertime, especially in Colorado where winter weather can get extreme. A recent study published by hopper.com ranks three Colorado airports in particular among the top airports in the percentage of flights disrupted this winter.
Pitkin County Airport in Aspen topped the list with more than a third of flights disrupted, totaling 34.8 percent. Eagle County Regional Airport ranked second with 22 percent of flights disrupted.
Denver International Airport (DIA) didn’t have as much trouble as the ski town airports but struggled compared to other major U.S. airports. 13.6 percent of flight interruptions at DIA this winter were enough to earn Denver the number two spot on the list of top 10 worst major airports.
Denver was less than a percentage point behind the airport with the highest share of flights disrupted, the Edward L. Logan International Airport. The Boston airport had 14.2 percent of its flights disrupted.
Travelers can realistically expect another winter storm during the season that could lead to more disruptions. Hopper has some travel suggestions to help keep you on track during the storms.
Before you book:
Try to give yourself a buffer day, especially if you want to arrive in time for an important event. If your flight gets canceled, you’ll have an extra chance to make it to your destination on time.
Planes are re-used throughout the day. Individual pilots could fly up to four to five a day, and if their first flight is delayed, every flight will be delayed. Avoid the snowball effect by booking a morning flight. Flight disruptions peak in the afternoon hours of the day. Travelers should expect at least a 20-minute delay for flights departing between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Leading up to your flight:
Be sure to check if other flights are headed to your destination near the time of your flight. Also, know what’s included in your ticket. Can you change flights with no fees? If so you might want to proactively change flights before a cancellation if you’re expecting inclement weather. Some airlines offer compensation, travel credit or hotel stays for passengers on canceled flights.
Most commercial airlines have a mobile app with in-app notifications, as well as text and e-mail notifications. You’ll want to make sure you’re signed up for at least one of these so you’re notified of cancelations and delays as soon as possible. Some airlines allow you to change flights on your phone in their app in the event of a cancellation.
Once your flight is disrupted
If your flight is canceled while you’re at the airport, you can head over to the airline ticket agents’ counter to reschedule your flight. Alternatively, you could call the airline to reschedule. Of course, nothing is stopping you from trying both, which might be a good idea, as these can have extended wait times.
Some airlines even have self-serving kiosks, where you can scan your boarding pass and attempt to rebook yourself right then and there.