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Alaska Air cancels 35 flights at Sea-Tac Airport due to weather fears

FILE - In this June 11, 2009 file photo, an Alaska Airlines airliner is pushed away from a gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
FILE - In this June 11, 2009 file photo, an Alaska Airlines airliner is pushed away from a gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. AP

Alaska Air canceled 35 flights out of Sea-Tac Airport on Tuesday as a precaution because of a wintry weather forecast.

That is the second consecutive day the airline canceled flights.

The canceled flights were from 6 a.m. to noon, which typically is the busiest time at Sea-Tac.

“The number of available gates at the airport is already at capacity, so a notable weather event puts even more pressure on airport operations,” the airline wrote on its blog at 10:42 p.m. Monday. “Pre-cancelling flights prevents congestion and allows our crews to keep up with the workload, especially when deicing is required.”

Customers were directly notified if their flights were canceled, and were offered the chance to change or refund tickets.

On Monday, Alaska Airlines canceled 48 flights affecting 6,300 passengers after snow in the early morning required widespread deicing of aircraft.

“We fell short today and I apologize,” Ben Minicucci, president and COO of Alaska Airlines, said in a statement Monday. “We pride ourselves on running a reliable airline and that didn’t happen today.

“We’ve staffed up and are working to get our customers to their final destinations as quickly as possible.”

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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