DENVER (June 14, 2013)--High winds forced diverted 23 flights that were scheduled to land at Denver International Airport to divert Thursday night.
Airport officials say winds at speeds as high as 48 miles per hour forced the diversions to other airports.
The planes refueled and later landed at DIA.
The airport averages about 1,700 flights per day.
The Denver Post reported that on Wednesday evening, as smoke from fires around the state reduced visibility, the airport closed two of four runways and briefly trimmed the number of arrivals and departures it was handling.