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Sixth day of heavy flight cancellations at Alaska Airlines

At least 38 Alaska Airlines flights were canceled on Wednesday in a streak that continues into Thursday, with 41 cancellations already advised for the airlines on‘s cancellation tracking website. That amounts to 5 percent of the company’s flights. For Friday, 27 Alaska Airlines flights are already canceled, as of Thursday morning.

Last Friday, cancellations began showing up by the dozens for the carrier that is one of Alaskans’ mainstays for travel, both in-state and to and from the Lower 48.

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The airlines published a statement on April 4, saying a pilot shortage is the reason for the cancelations. At the same time, the airlines and the union that represents its pilots are in negotiations that have stalled in recent days, and last week pilots picketed the airlines in its West Coast hub locations. There have been no published statements on the situation since Monday.

Alaska Airlines is not the only U.S. carrier suffering from the pilot shortage and canceled flights. Southwest Airlines has 133 flight canceled today, Delta scrubbed 23 flights, and JetBlue has called off 21.

On Monday, 2,139,084 people went through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at airports. Wednesday’s U.S. airport travel was nearly 2 million, up over 700,000 from that day a year ago, when many travelers were still staying away from air travel.

Alaska Airlines is the sixth largest commercial passenger air carrier in the United States. In 2021, the airline carried approximately 32.4 million revenue passengers, according to Statista.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. A lot has changed in a year. People wised up and realized Dr Fauci and crew are con artists. There is huge demand as those under the spell have awaken and now want to get out. I just got back from CA and every restaurant and tourist attraction was full. Even people paid not to work are travelling. It’s not just pilots, it’s the support personnel as well.

  2. Airlines- you require masks and a vax card? No fly for me. No fly until you wake up and realize you’re bleeding money.

  3. I read the other day that Alaska Airlines has WOKE up. With cross-dressing and gender tags and preferred pronoun pins, their employees can wear and share so that we, the people, can properly address the boys/girls who pretend to be girls/boys.
    I think I will take my business elsewhere until this madness subsides.

    • That’s one of the two reasons we aren’t using AK Airlines right now. Between the masks and vac card requirements (we won’t comply) and now we also have to explain to our children the logic of why adult flight attendants are wearing he/him, she/her/ and they/them tags. Uh… No I don’t think so. Too many illogical, weird as heck things going on for us to rope ourselves into the situation. It’s just like standing in line at Anchorage’s REI.

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