PORTLAND, Ore. — Alaska Airlines has temporarily suspended all flights in and out of Portland International Airport (PDX) due to the smoke blanketing the city.
The suspension began at 3 p.m. Monday and is expected to last until 3 p.m. Tuesday, the airline said. Flights were also canceled going in and out of Spokane, Washington. The cancellations also include Horizon Air flights.
“Across the West, fires are creating thick smoke and haze, causing very poor air quality conditions in the Portland and Spokane areas. We made the difficult decision to stop our operation so that our employees and guests can remain safe,” Alaska Airlines said.
Alaska and Horizon have also canceled flights at smaller airports in Oregon, including Eugene, Medford and Redmond/Bend. In Washington, flights were also canceled in Pasco and Walla Walla.
More than 30 wildfires have burned at least 930,000 acres in Oregon, which has resulted in harmful air conditions because of the amount of smoke lingering in the air.