Wings of Alaska to bump up flights to Hoonah during ferry outage

Wings of Alaska will be enhancing its service to Hoonah during its scheduled ferry outage next month. These services begin on the first day of the outage.

Regional Manager Richard Cole said flights to Hoonah are being changed to Caravan flights capable of carrying nine passengers rather than the usual five during this time.

He said the company is also looking into possibilities of adding extra flights.

“Mostly, it’s a service to the community. It’s a way to get their resources met during the lack of service so stores and businesses can continue to meet their needs,” said Cole. “It’s just part of being part of the community there.”

Cole met with area businesses to work on optimizing shipments by combining freight charters so they can share costs. He said this is to make such charters more financially feasible during this time, which was a concern businesses had expressed when learning of the outage. Cole added such optimization is an ongoing effort the company has been working on.

Ferry service will be closed to Hoonah from June 15-29 while the terminal undergoes renovations.

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