109 Delta passengers sleep in SeaTac after fog turns back plane

Delta Air Lines started a daily flight between Seattle and Juneau May 29. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Delta Air Lines started a daily flight between Seattle and Juneau May 29. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

A Delta Air Lines flight with 109 passengers scheduled to land in Juneau Friday night had to turn around and fly back to Seattle due to fog. This is the first time Delta hasn’t been able to land in Juneau since beginning its summer route at the end of May.

Delta offers one flight a day between Seattle and Juneau. It arrives in Juneau about 9:15 in the evening and departs the following morning just after 6 o’clock.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black says the flight circled around Juneau for a period of time Friday night before turning around. The plane landed in Seattle after midnight.

“Passengers offloaded and due to low hotel volume, we put up the passengers in the airport, so provided pillows, blankets. We provided food and drink for the passengers. And then in the morning, we provided them with coffee and breakfast sandwiches,” Black says.

Delta made a special mid-day flight Saturday which left Seattle late morning and arrived in Juneau around 12:30 p.m., about 15 hours later than planned. Delta flights were back to normal Saturday evening.

Juneau airport manager Patty deLaBruere says small airplane companies also had trouble with the weekend fog.

“The small carriers were really impacted this weekend from Friday on. They were not able to fly for the most part,” deLaBruere says.

Alaska Airlines service in Juneau was mostly uninterrupted. Of 17 daily flights, one didn’t make it. The afternoon flight to Gustavus was cancelled on both Saturday and Sunday.