With much of the West Coast facing horrific smoke and smog from wildfires, Alaska Airlines is temporarily suspending flights to Portland and other cities.
Alaska Airlines: No Flights To Portland + Six Other Airports Due To Wildfires
After cancelling 74 flights at Portland (PDX) on Monday, Alaska Airlines is suspending operations into Tuesday, citing hazardous air quality. The move also stretches to six other airports.
Alaska Airlines Service Suspensions In Oregon
- Eugene (EUG)
- Medford (MFR)
- Portland (PDX)
- Redmond/Bend (RDM)
Alaska Airlines Service Suspensions In Washington
- Pasco (PSC)
- Spokane (GEG)
- Walla Walla (ALW)
Flights will be suspended until at least 3:00PM today. Thus far, Alaska Airlines (including its Horizon subsidiary) is the only airline to suspend operations at Portland and Spokane.
In a statement, Alaska Airlines said:
“Across the West, fires are creating thick smoke and haze, causing very poor air quality conditions in the Portland and Spokane areas. We made the difficult decision to stop our operation so that our employees and guests can remain safe.”
Alaska also warns that Portland and Seattle could clear up this week, but that smoke and airport closures may move south:
“Improving weather conditions in the coming days could begin to dissipate smoke in Portland and Spokane. However, other airports in the West could be impacted by drifting smoke.”
If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you can take advantage of Alaska’s general waiver to re-schedule your flights. Refunds will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
To all my West Coast readers, particularly in the Pacific Northwest: stay inside and stay safe. I’m thankful only to have incredibly poor air quality in my Los Angeles neighborhood. I can only begin to imagine how devastating these wildfires have been for those who have been forced to evacuate or even lost tier homes. Hopefully those Santa Ana winds will stay away…
image: Alaska Airlines