Alaska Airlines temporarily suspends flights to Portland, Spokane for 24 hrs due to smoke

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Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 12:14 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In a press release issued Monday Sept. 14th Alaska Airlines states that flights to and from airports in Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington will be temporarily suspended starting Monday September 14th as the Pacific Northwest continues to battle intense wildfires and hazardous air quality. The flight suspensions are only expected to last through 3:00 p.m. Tuesday September 15th, however that could depend on changing conditions within those areas.

Alaska Airlines, along with its regional carrier Horizon Air, has canceled dozens of flights in Portland and Spokane for that 24-hour period.

Alaska and Horizon have also canceled flights at smaller airports due to fire and smoke including Eugene, Medford and Redmond/Bend in Oregon, and Pasco and Walla Walla in Washington.

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.

Guests that could be affected by these suspensions are encouraged to look at the following options for cancelling or rebooking flights:

"Due to the smoke and unhealthy air quality in the Pacific Northwest region, our guests can change or cancel flights under our  Peace of Mind waiver. Guests can easily manage their reservation online or call reservations at 1-800-252-7522 for assistance.

As always, we advise those traveling to check their flight status before departure."

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