Sea-Tac Airport reports many delays and cancellations due to snowy weather, after airport crews labored for hours with de-icing aircraft.
If you’re trying to fly out of Seattle today, or meeting someone who is flying in, check that flight status now. Airlines have canceled or delayed scores of flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is waiving change fees and offering full refunds.
As of Monday afternoon, anticipating continued backups at its Sea-Tac base, Alaska Airlines extended that offer to include tickets booked on or before Feb. 4 for travel through Wednesday, involving Seattle, Portland and some other Oregon destinations.
The Port of Seattle Monday morning reported many delays and cancellations due to snowy weather. Overnight and into mid-morning Monday, airport crews labored for hours with de-icing aircraft, a relatively unusual task in usually rainy Seattle. Check status of flights here. Check @SeaTacAirport on Twitter for airport updates.
As of 7 a.m. Monday, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air had canceled 82 flights, affecting 10,000 passengers. Additionally dozens of flights inbound to Seattle have been canceled or were being held to prevent gridlock at Sea-Tac.
Stormy weather tips
“The conditions are so severe at Sea-Tac that it’s taking our crews 30 to 40 minutes to de-ice a single plane,” Wayne Newton, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of operations in Seattle, said early Mondayy 0n the airline’s blog. “If you don’t have to travel today, it’s a good day to stay home.”
Alaska Airlines officials recommended travelers ticketed Monday out of Sea-Tac take these steps:
- Check online to see if your flight is impacted, before heading to the airport. Additional flight cancellations were expected throughout the day.
- If you don’t have to travel immediately, consider changing your ticket. Alaska is waiving change fees and offering full refunds for passengers ticketed for travel through Wednesday to or from Seattle, Portland, Eugene and Redmond/Bend, Ore. Learn more at https://www.alaskaair.com/content/advisories/travel-advisories.aspx.
- Be safe. If your flight hasn’t been canceled, leave extra time to drive to the airport.