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Hail damage causes more Denver flight cancellations

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSIn this photo provided by Frontier Airlines,  a wing of a Frontier Airlines plane shows dents from a hail storm in Denver on Thursday, July 14, 2011. More than 100 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport after hail damaged about 40 planes and stranded about 1,000 passengers overnight. Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale said Thursday that all damaged planes had to be evaluated, slowing operations. She says an unknown number of planes have been taken out of service because of damage.  (AP Photo/Frontier Airlines)
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    In this photo provided by Frontier Airlines, a wing of a Frontier Airlines plane shows dents from a hail storm in Denver on Thursday, July 14, 2011. More than 100 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport after hail damaged about 40 planes and stranded about 1,000 passengers overnight. Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale said Thursday that all damaged planes had to be evaluated, slowing operations. She says an unknown number of planes have been taken out of service because of damage. (AP Photo/Frontier Airlines)

DENVER >> Dozens more flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport because of planes knocked out of service by hail.

Frontier Airlines is the hardest hit and canceled more than 60 flights through Saturday because of damage from Wednesday night’s storm. Nearly a third of its 59 large planes need to be repaired.

Denver’s largest carrier, United Airlines, canceled 39 flights Friday. It has 12 planes out of service for hail damage inspections but spokesman Mike Trevino didn’t know the extent of the damage.

Southwest Airlines says three of its planes were damaged. But with 550 planes in its fleet, it didn’t have to delay or cancel flights.

Frontier says it’s working to switch passengers to other airlines and paying hotel bills for those who’ve been stranded. Five planes could return to service this weekend.

 

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