Some unlucky travelers can now say a volcano disrupted their plans.
Ash from Alaska's Pavlof Volcano has resulted in a slew of flight cancellations and delays this week, after the volcano began erupting Sunday evening. The ash cloud rose as high as 37,000 feet, with winds spreading more than 400 miles.
By 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, FlightStats.com listed seven canceled and 24 delayed flights into Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, four canceled and two delayed flights into Fairbanks International Airport, and one canceled flight each into Nome and Bethel. Seven flights departing out Fairbanks and Anchorage each had been canceled, with a few delays at both airports.
That follows substantial cancellations on Monday to and from Alaska airports, although it's unclear how many of those were due to reasons other than Pavlof's ash. The more than 100 inbound cancellations alone included 30 flights to Bethel, 28 to Anchorage, 14 to Fairbanks, eight each to Aniak and Nome, and four to Prudhoe Bay, among others.
Air travel is a key transportation link between many cities in Alaska.
"We simply won't fly where ash is present," John Ladner, Alaska Airlines' director of operations, said in a statement. The airline canceled 14 flights Tuesday, affecting 1,400 passengers. On Monday, it canceled 41 flights to and from six cities in northern Alaska, including Fairbanks, Bethel, Nome and Prudhoe Bay. The cancellations affected an estimated 3,300 passengers.
An Alaska Airlines spokeswoman said the airline was continuing to monitor the situation to determine whether to cancel additional flights.