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Alaska Airlines Commits To Maintaining All Service Sites, Holding Job Fair For Ravn Workers

An Alaska Airlines plane at Juneau International Airport on March 3, 2003.
Creative Commons photo by Gillfoto

Alaska Airlines says that it will keep flying to all the communities it currently serves. The company issued a news release stating this commitment after Ravn Air Group’s abrupt announcement that it would end all flights, lay off employees, and file for bankruptcy.

Alaska Airlines says that it is on a hiring freeze, but will hold a job fair for Ravn employees and release details on the event later. The airline also says that it is reviewing how Ravn’s suspended flight services will impact communities, and is looking for ways to help. It is also using three cargo planes to ensure the delivery of medical equipment, groceries, and essential supplies throughout Alaska.

Alaska Airlines flies cargo between Anchorage and Bethel seven days a week. It provides passenger service between the two cities once a day, Monday through Friday. Currenlty, the company’s website incorrectly shows only three passenger flights per week between Anchorage and Bethel, and company spokesperson Tim Thompson said that the airline might need a couple of days to resolve the issue. Passengers needing to book an emergency flight before then can call customer service at 1-800-252-7522.

Alaska Airlines has reduced its flight schedule by 70 percent across its network to cut costs during this time of historically low passenger bookings. On March 27, Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued health mandates banning all non-essential travel and ordering Alaskans to shelter in place.

Anna Rose MacArthur is the KYUK News Director. She has worked at KYUK since 2015 and previously worked at KNOM in Nome, Alaska.
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