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Alaska Airlines Flights Disrupted By Volcano Eruption

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 29/03/2016 Suzy Strutner
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Things are hazy over at Alaska Airlines.

The airline cancelled 41 flights on Monday after volcanic ash clouded skies over the state due to the eruption of Mount Pavlof, an active volcano on the Alaska Peninsula. The ash rose to 37,000 feet and stretched wider than 400 miles, the Canadian Press reports. 

Flights were cancelled to six Alaska destinations including Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Kotzebue, Nome and Prudhoe Bay, the airline wrote on its blog.

Alaska said it will re-assess weather conditions after daylight on Tuesday and resume service if the clouding has improved.  

As of early Tuesday morning, one 6:30 a.m. flight from Fairbanks to Seattle was cancelled, but an afternoon flight with the reverse route was scheduled to operate as normal, said a customer service representative. Early-morning flights from Fairbanks to Barrow were to be determined, meaning that officials will likely wait until departure time to decide if weather conditions allow for takeoff. 

Travelers should arrive at the airport for their scheduled flights, the representative said. More updates should be available soon on Alaska Airlines' Twitter and blog pages

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