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Alaska Airlines cancels more than 120 flights as pilots picket

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SEATAC, Wash. - Dozens of Alaska Airlines flights at Sea-Tac International Airport were canceled Friday morning and officials said they are connected to the shortage of pilots.

According to FlightAware, there were 75 flights canceled out of Sea-Tac as of noon Friday, and 66 of the flights are through Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines told FOX 13 News as of 2 p.m., more than 120 flights were canceled, which is about 9% of its overall operation.

This is affecting more than 15,000 passengers. Additional cancelations are possible over the weekend. Officials with the airline company said the flight cancelations are "connected to a shortage of pilots, which has created operational challenges.""We notified our guests whose flights have been impacted and apologize for the inconvenience.

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