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Hundreds of flights delayed out of DIA at start of holiday weekend

Denver International Airport was experiencing a high volume of cancellations and delays on Saturday.

DENVER — Those who planned to fly on Saturday out of Denver International Airport (DIA) might have checked their tickets and realized their flight had been delayed or canceled.

DIA had a total of 681 delays and 53 cancelations on Saturday for the start of the busy holiday weekend, according to data from FlightAware.

Southwest Airlines canceled 18 flights and delayed 167 flights on that day. The airline had a total of 73 cancellations and 1,219 delays across the U.S. on Saturday.

A spokesperson for Southwest attributed the issues to weather, saying "normal thunderstorm activity this time of year is causing a heightened operational challenge for us and all airlines."

SkyWest and United Airlines also delayed more than a 100 flights each at DIA on Saturday.

>> The video above is about Southwest working to resume operations after 'system error' grounds planes nationwide, including DIA

As of 7 a.m. Sunday, DIA had 51 delays and six canceled flights.

RELATED: US to require airlines to refund fees on baggage if delayed

The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing that airlines be required to refund fees on checked baggage if the bags aren't delivered to passengers quickly enough. That proposal is expected to be issued in the next several days and could take effect as soon as next summer.

Under the proposal, airlines that fail to deliver a bag within 12 hours of the passenger's U.S. flight touching down or within 25 hours after an international flight would need to issue a refund.

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