Dozens of Sea-Tac flights already canceled/delayed on Saturday
SEATAC, Wash. - Cancellations are already piling up Saturday at Sea-Tac Airport.
FlightAware.com reports 227 flights canceled as of 4 p.m. Saturday.
Hundreds of flights were delayed and cancelled on Friday.
Due to the weather, Alaska Airlines is allowing travelers flying to and from Seattle on Friday and Portland on Friday and Saturday to reroute or reschedule their flights for free.
Sea-Tac Airport is constantly watching the weather and tries to get ahead of storms, according to the Sea-Tac weather prep website. Sea-Tac employs 99 people for a "snow team" — 74 members of the Port and Sea-Tac teams who are trained in snow removal, and 25 mechanics standing by to make sure the equipment works. Months ahead of winter, the team is in charge of stocking supplies and the equipment works.
Sea-Tac has more than 45 pieces of equipment for snow, including four de-icing machines, three sander/plows, 10 high speed brooms and a lot of snow shovels. They also keep on-hand 300 tons of roadside sand and 350 tons of runway sand.
The airport uses a biodegradable potassium acetate as liquid de-icer for the runway. Each airline is individually responsible for de-icing their
During an average winter season, 36,000 gallons of de-icer fluids will be used. During another major snow storm, winter 2008/2009, over 120,000 gallons were used.