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Alaska Airlines temporarily suspends Portland flights due to wildfire smoke

The suspension began at 3 p.m. Monday and is expected to last until 3 p.m. Tuesday, the airline said.
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An Alaska Airlines jet (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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.

Affected travelers can change or cancel flights under Alaska’s “Peace of Mind waiver.” They can also manage their reservation online or call 1-800-252-7522 regarding their reservation.

Read the full announcement from Alaska Airlines

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.