Alaska Airlines canceled 450 flights amidst messy northwest storms

The unusual snowstorms that hit Seattle and Portland beginning December 19 forced the cancellation of 450 Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air flights. Airline spokesman Paul McElroy says thousands of people have been stuck at west coast airports because of the heavy snow and strong winds in the Pacific northwest. Rebooking all those travelers is a major challenge. While airline travel is generally back to normal, not everyone will make it home or to their holiday destination by Christmas. McElroy says the airline is considering creating additional flights.

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

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