Hundreds of Alaska Airlines flights in Seattle canceled, delayed by snow

The departures displayed at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Dec. 28, 2021. Flights are being delayed or canceled because of snowy conditions and staffing shortages. (Bridget Dowd/KTOO)

Hundreds of Alaska Airlines flights to and from Seattle have been canceled because of snowy weather conditions. But so far, no flights to or from Juneau have been canceled.

The weather is requiring the jets to be de-iced, which can take up to 30 minutes. That added time has ripple effects leading to delayed and canceled flights. Over 350 flights have been canceled so far. 

There are other delays related to COVID-19. According to Alaska Airlines’ blog, the omicron variant is contributing to staffing shortages with the airline. 

Almost all flights to Juneau from Seattle on Tuesday were delayed.

On social media, travelers are reporting long wait times at Alaska Airlines kiosks in the airport and on the airline’s customer service number. 

The delays are also tangling up luggage. Dozens of late bags were stacked at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Tuesday as long lines formed at customer service.

And with delayed flights, it can mean missing a connecting flight. The airline is recommending travelers to do their rebooking online versus calling or rebooking at the airport. And if you don’t need to travel before Jan. 2, the airline is recommending pushing travel plans back. 

Travelers search for their bags and stand in line to talk to customer service at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Bart Rudolph)

Travelers impacted by the cancellations and delays might be eligible for reimbursement of their travel expenses. 

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with information about delays at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Lyndsey Brollini

Local News Reporter, KTOO

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