Smoke causes flight delays, cancellations

MEDFORD, Ore. – Many commercial passenger flights at the Rogue Valley-International Medford Airport are being delayed or canceled due to smoky conditions.

On August 23 and 24, airport officials said visibility in the Medford area was so poor, large planes would have difficulty navigating.

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.

Friday morning, American Airlines canceled all flights for the day.

United Airlines canceled all morning flights because no planes were at the airport available for takeoff—likely due to poor visibility the day before. There is still no word on the status of afternoon flights.

Delta has posted delays for Seattle and Salt Lake City flights

Alaska/Horizon airlines have not yet been impacted by the smoke. They’re running as normal.

Passengers are encouraged to contact their carrier for more information, as the airport itself doesn’t make decisions on flight plans.

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