August 13, 2008

Volcano Disrupts Alaska Flights

By Art Marroquin

Alaska Airlines on Monday resumed flights that were canceled amid reports of ash spewing from the Kasatochi volcano in the Aleutian Islands.

More than 5,200 passengers were stranded when 44 flights were canceled late Sunday and early Monday, including two coming in and out of Los Angeles International Airport, according to airline officials. Flights were also canceled in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver and Vancouver.

Even though the volcano erupted last Thursday, ash continued to spew and drifted into Alaska's flight pattern, making it unsafe to fly, according to airline officials.

Airline officials will continue to monitor the volcano's ash pattern and evaluate flight operations, according to a press release posted by Alaska Airlines.

"We recognize these cancellations have significantly impacted our customers with travel plans to or from Alaska," said Glen Johnson, executive vice president of airports, maintenance and engineering for Alaska Airlines.

"These decisions are guided by our commitment to safety, and we are making every effort to re-accommodate passengers whose flight schedules have been disrupted."

Travelers were advised to check the status of their flights at or call 800-

252-7522 (ALASKA-AIR).

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