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Few things are as frustrating as sitting on an airplane waiting out an “ATC delay.” ATC is airline-speak for Air Traffic Control, a program governed by the Federal Aviation Administration. It manages the flow of planes as they arrive and depart airports. ATC’s top priority: safety. That includes maintaining a safe amount of separation between aircraft. In perfect conditions, planes can fly closer together. When airport conditions deterio­rate – wind, snow, poor… Read More

11 a.m. Jan. 9 update  Wintry weather is continuing to create travel issues in Portland today. As of 11 a.m., Horizon Air has canceled 24 flights into and out of the airport due to icy conditions. There were also three cancellations into and out of Eugene and five cancellations into and out of Redmond, Oregon. The weather has continued to evolve since Sunday with freezing rain in each of these cities. Deicing of… Read More

7 p.m. update A total of 36 flights were canceled as a result of this morning’s snow and ice. No further cancellations are anticipated, however many flights continue to experience delays. Customers with travel planned today and tomorrow are encouraged to check the status of their flights at alaskaair.com before heading to the airport.

Alaska Airlines has canceled 40 flights in and out of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Raleigh-Durham and New York for Friday-Sunday, Jan. 22-24, in advance of Winter Storm Jonas. The airline will be keeping a close eye on the conditions on the East Coast throughout the weekend, and will only operate flights when it is safe to do so. Alaska has implemented a flexible travel policy waiving change/cancelation fees for customers who would like… Read More