Winter Weather Affects Travel in Seattle and Portland

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Photo Courtesy: Alaska Airlines

Information obtained from Alaska Airlines:

Noon Update: Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are making progress today getting flight operations back on track in Seattle and Portland. Wintry weather conditions triggered cancellations yesterday into this morning.

Here’s the latest as of noon:

Sea-Tac

  • Alaska canceled 8 flights in and out of Seattle today.
  • Horizon canceled 6 flights in and out of Seattle today.
  • Those cancellations combined affected 1,656 passengers in Seattle.
  • Light rain is forecasted for the rest of the day.
  • Snow started falling at 7:30 p.m. last night at Sea-Tac.
  • Employees worked quickly to get scheduled departing flights out and aircraft overnighting in Seattle parked safely.

Portland

  • Alaska canceled 9 flights in and out of Portland today.
  • Horizon canceled 20 flights in and out of Portland today.
  • Those cancellations combined affected 2,587 passengers affected in Portland.
  • Freezing rain remains a serious concern at the airport. Icy conditions created a tremendous safety issue.
  • Deicing operations are underway on both Alaska and Horizon aircraft.
  • Passengers in Portland should arrive at the airport early and be prepared for long lines as Alaska and Horizon work to re-accommodate customers.

Even with improving weather, it will take some time to get aircraft repositioned back in Seattle and Portland. Planes were kept at other airports until the winter weather system moved through the Northwest.

On Thursday, Alaska and Horizon together canceled 127 flights into and out of Seattle and Portland affecting nearly 11,000 customers.

10 a.m. Update  As of 10 a.m. Alaska Air Group has canceled 13 flights out of Seattle due to winter weather, affecting more than 1,500 passengers.

The airline has also canceled 24 flights scheduled to depart Portland, affecting more than 2,300 customers.

Freezing rain is still falling in Portland this morning.

If you’re traveling from Portland International Airport, plan to arrive at the airport early and be prepared for long lines as Alaska and Horizon work to re-accommodate customers.

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