Ravn To Stop All Service And Lay Off All Staff

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RavnAir Group is suspending all operations and temporarily laying off all staff.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

RavnAir Group is shutting down its remaining operations. On April 5, the airline announced it would park all 72 of its planes and lay off its remaining staff. The decision comes a few days after the company cut its service by 90 percent and suspended all flights between villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. 

The company, which operates Ravn Alaska, Ravn Connect, and PenAir, was the largest rural carrier in Alaska, serving over 100 communities with over 1,300 employees. In a statement, the company said that the decision to end service was due to a 90 percent drop in revenue due to coronavirus restrictions around the state. 

The company said that it would be halting operations until it receives word about the status of the grant application it submitted to the federal government, as well as any other financial assistance it could receive from the federal government. The recently-passed $2.2 trillion CARES Act set aside over $50 billion for the airline industry. 

Ravn also said that it had been in contact with other air service providers to help them establish air service to replace Ravn's.

The statement says that the company will “hit pause” until it has enough money to rehire staff and begin operating again.