Apparently Denver International Airport is the fifth worst airport in the U.S. for delays.
Still, nearly half of the airline passengers traveling from the Colorado Springs and Pueblo areas prefer DIA over the local airport, mostly because of lower fares. Here is a story we, The Gazette, wrote recently on the comparison.
So we would rather wait than pay more money.
According to a recent web post by Travel + Leisure magazine, 23.3 percent of flights at DIA are delayed and odds that your evening flight will be delayed are greater than at any other time.
Here is what Travel + Leisure said about DIA.
“Denver International—known for its art installations and quirky aesthetics—now has the added feature of occasionally making time stand still. In the evenings, your odds of departing late are 1 in 3. There is a bright side: its period of morning efficiency (fewer than 15 percent of flights delayed) lasts until a pretty civilized 10 a.m.”
More than likely you’re going to wait if you fly from or through Chicago. Chicago Midway takes the top spot, followed by Chicago O’Hare, Newark and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Coincidentally, I was delayed at DIA in July. I was flying from Phoenix back to Sioux Falls, S.D., where I used to live. It was about a three hour delay. I think I read a newspaper with my extra time, knowing that I’d be home around midnight and at work about six hours later.
Have you been delayed at DIA? If so, tell us what you did with your extra time.