It can be stressful dealing with cancellations during the holidays. The airlines are responsible for making that decision.
SEATTLE — SeaTac Airport is expected to welcome 940,000 visitors through its doors this holiday season. The weather this week has caused hundreds of cancellations.
“We want to make sure that we give our guests as much advance notice as possible and so if we cancel closer they are already at the airport,” said Celley Buchanan, executive vice president of the airline and Alaska Airlines customer service said. .
Alaska Airlines said de-icing was the main reason for the flight cancellations.
There are different levels to defrosting and an airplane will not take off if there is ice build up on it. SeaTac has eight de-icing pads at the airport. Alaska Airlines said the current cancellations are largely due to the need for more time to thaw as well as limitations here at the airport.
“As long as it takes time, we want to make sure we take the time necessary to defrost our planes to make sure they can fly safely,” said Ron Limes, Chief Pilot for Seattle’s Seattle Base. Alaska Airlines said.
At the north end of the airport in the cargo area, SeaTac’s field crews have been working 12-hour shifts since Saturday on standby.
Jaime Stenson, manager of SeaTac Field Crews, said: “We’re happy to see snow, we’re ready.
The goal is to clear the runway in 30 minutes. SeaTac is in charge of clearing the runway, taxiways and around the terminal.
SeaTac maintains the ground while the airlines take care of the aircraft.
Alaska Airlines plans to return on schedule on Wednesday. So far, it has rebooked about 70% of passengers from today.
https://www.king5.com/article/weather/airlines-seatac-flight-cancellations-delays/281-b21cd537-20bc-4e2d-9922-087325d19e6c Airlines respond to SeaTac flight cancellations and delays