Alaska Airlines canceled all flights to and from Anchorage,
Monday, and early Tuesday morning. The flights were canceled as a
safety precaution related to the pattern of ash at altitude created
by the Mt. Augustine volcano.
As of 6 p.m. Alaska time, Monday evening, 36 flights were
canceled. The airline is monitoring the pattern of ash at altitude
on a continuous basis and anticipates resuming Anchorage flights
later today (Tuesday).
"We recognize these cancellations will significantly impact
passengers intending to travel to or from Anchorage," said Bill
MacKay, Alaska's senior vice president for Alaska.
"These decisions are guided by our commitment to safety. We are
making every effort to accommodate passengers whose flight
schedules have been disrupted."