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Alaska Airlines adds 10 flights tonight amid dozens of cancellations

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:52 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2013

Airlines canceled dozens of flights today due to Tropical Storm Flossie, but airports remained open and at least one carrier was trying to get its schedule back on track tonight.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, which canceled 26 flights earlier in the day due to safety concerns, said late this afternoon it has added 10 additional flights to and from the islands departing between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Alaska Air spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said nearly all the 3,800 Alaska passengers who were affected have been reaccommodated with the exception of six flights to and from Kauai. She said Alaska uses another airline for ground handling and doesn’t have the personnel in place to accommodate those displaced passengers. She said they will be reaccommodated Tuesday and in the coming days.

Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Ann Botticelli, meanwhile, said the state’s largest carrier had no flight delays.

Many incoming flights today were canceled to Maui, Kona on the Big Island and Honolulu because of the storm. That created a ripple effect because there were no aircraft to return passengers to the mainland and other destinations.

As of 12:30 p.m., FlightStats.com and the Honolulu International Airport tracker have reported the following cancellations:

Cancelled Honolulu International Airport arrivals:

>>Alaska Airlines 827 from Oakland

>>Alaska Airlines 851 from Seattle

>>Alaska Airlines 895 from San Diego

>>United Airlines 707 from Denver

>>United Airlines 1226 from Los Angeles

>>United Airlines 1030 from Los Angeles

>>United Airlines 1228 from Los Angeles

>>United Airlines 1230 from Los Angeles

>>United Airlines 560 from San Francisco

>>United Airlines 73 from San Francisco

>>United Airlines 145 from Washington-Dulles

>>United Airlines 200 from Guam

>>Westjet 1864 from Vancouver

>>Go Airlines 1015 from Kona 

>>American Airlines 283 from Los Angeles 

>>American Airlines 123 from Dallas/Ft. Worth

Cancelled Honolulu International Airport departures:

>>Alaska Airlines 892 to San Diego

>>Alaska Airlines 880 to Seattle-Tacoma

>>Alaska Airlines 836 to Oakland

>>American Airlines 162 to Los Angeles 

>>American Airlines 8 to Dallas/Ft. Worth

>>United Airlines218 to Chicago

>>United Airlines 200 to Houston/Bush

>>United Airlines 769 to Denver 

>>United Airlines 396 to San Francisco

>>United Airlines 72 to San Francisco

>>United Airlines 14 to Los Angeles

>>United Airlines 235 to San Francisco

>>United Airlines 1231 to Los Angeles

>>United Airlines 1233 to Los Angeles 

>>United Airline 1229 to Los Angeles 

>>Westjet 1865 to Vancouver 

Tentative flights for Honolulu International Airport:

>>United Airlines 1752 from Majuro City

>>Hawaiian Airlines 43 from San Jose 

>>Omni Air 108 from Las Vegas

>>US Airways 22 from Phoenix


Lihue Airport cancelled arrivals:

>>United Airlines 1176 from Los Angeles

>>American Airlines 253 from Los Angeles

>>Alaska Airlines 889 from San Jose

>>Alaska Airlines 831 from Sacramento

Lihue Airport cancelled departures:

>>United Airlines 1728 to San Francisco


Kahului Airport cancelled arrivals: 

>>United Airlines 1176 from Los Angeles

>>Alaska Airlines 253 from Los Angeles

>>Alaska Airlines 889 from San Jose

>>Alaska Airlines 831 from Sacramento

Kahului Airport cancelled departures: 

>>United Airlines 1728 to San Francisco

Hawaii island:

Kona International Airport at Keahole cancelled arrivals: 

>>United Airlines 1721 from San Francisco 

Mike McCartney, Hawaii Tourism Authority president, said visitors should contact their airlines and hotels to confirm their travel plans.

“We ask that all visitors and residents adhere to all warnings and alerts issued by the National Weather Service, Civil Defense and the counties, “ McCartney said in a statement.

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toad103410 wrote:
Not good for the tourist industry, but better safe than sorry.
on July 29,2013 | 07:54AM
john808 wrote:
Alaska has all 737'3 that fly to Hawaii. They have limited options if the weather is bad over here. They simply cannot carry enough fuel to fly to Hawaii and than hold for traffic for any length of time and then still be able to divert to another airport if the weather goes down before they land. The airlines with the larger aircraft can carry enough fuel to hold for a long time if needed and still divert if the weather is too bad.
on July 29,2013 | 08:22AM
Maleka50 wrote:
Excellent point!
on July 29,2013 | 08:32AM
SueH wrote:
"OMG Chicken Little, the sky is falling, the sky is falling!" Sheeesh, no other news, I guess.
on July 29,2013 | 09:33AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Hello! This is important if you were expecting to pick up someone arriving on one of those flights or were departing on the return leg of those flights.
on July 29,2013 | 10:58AM
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