Seattle winter storm delays, cancels some Alaska Airlines flights
Many Alaska Airlines flights are delayed and canceled in Anchorage Saturday after a major winter storm rolled through Washington state over the weekend.
According to the Associated Press, snow began falling north of Seattle on Friday. Some areas recorded around 8 inches of snow before it made its way south.
That was when Alaska Airlines announced that the airline was "strategically pre-canceling flights" scheduled to arrive and depart from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The airline tweeted that guests affected by the cancellations and delays would be offered a flexible travel policy through Sunday.
"We will be keeping a close eye on the weather system and will cancel flights as needed as safety is our number one priority," the airline wrote in their online blog. "Impacted guests will be notified and their travel rescheduled."
Many of the flights that were delayed and cancelled are those scheduled to depart and arrive from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
According to the aviation tracking system Flight Aware, at least two flights scheduled to depart Anchorage for Seattle were cancelled Saturday morning. At least four were delayed.
Flight Aware also lists at least two flights scheduled to arrive from Seattle to Anchorage as cancelled Saturday. At least seven are delayed.
As of 3:10 p.m. Saturday, all cancelled flights are with Alaska Airlines, though some of the delays also affect Delta Air Lines flights.
"We appreciate the patience of our guests during this difficult travel day," the airline wrote on their blog. "We’re doing everything we can to get all of our customers to their destinations while operating safely."
You can check the status of your flight by heading to the Ted Stevens airport website here.
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