Smoke above Medford on August 23, 2018.

Flights canceled due to low visibility in Medford

Smoke above Medford on August 23, 2018.

MEDFORD, Ore. – Poor visibility led to the cancelation of numerous flights at the Rogue Valley-International Medford Airport.

On August 23, airport officials said visibility in the Medford area was so poor, large planes would have difficulty navigating. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the visibility was reported to be 3 statute miles at 11:00 a.m.

Because many planes have different instruments, some aren’t equipped to land in areas with visibility as poor as it is in the Rogue Valley.

So far, no Delta Airlines planes have been able to land. They’re hoping a Seattle flight will be successful later on in the day.

Horizon and Alaska are operating as normal. However, American Airlines and United Airlines have completely canceled flights for the day.

Airport officials aren’t sure if any Allegiant flights were affected.

A press release from the Jackson County Airport Authority stated, “With the majority of passengers being rebooked for tomorrow’s [Friday] flights, it is important to arrive at the airport two hours prior to boarding so as to have plenty of time to get boarding passes, check bags and process through security.”

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