More than 350 flights were delayed at Denver International Airport on Sunday after the airport’s baggage handling system experienced a mechanical malfunction.
Another 59 flights were cancelled, according to FlightAware.com.
Of the disruptions, 156 delays involved Southwest airlines flights and another 94 delays involved United flights, FlightAware.com reported. Southwest cancelled one flight while United cancelled 56.
Alaska Airlines also cancelled two flights, but on Sunday the airline grounded all of its Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliners after one plane’s fuselage blew out three miles above above Oregon on Friday night.
The Denver airport’s baggage system experienced a mechanical issue on Sunday morning but it was fixed by the afternoon, said Ashley Forest, an airport spokeswoman. However, the airport was still working through the backlog on Sunday afternoon and get bags to the right locations, she said.
Forest said she did not know whether the baggage system malfunction caused the flight delays and referred questions to individual airlines.
Efforts to reach spokespeople at Southwest and United were unsuccessful.
In September 2022, the Denver City Council approved a $500 million contract to upgrade the airport’s baggage system.
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