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Alaska Airlines to suspend Petersburg service in March

Bus and ferry service will be provided while runway is repaired

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2008

Alaska Airlines will not operate in or out of Petersburg from March 23 to April 21 while the runway there is being repaired, the company announced Friday.

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will provide alternate service to Petersburg-bound passengers and freight, the department said.

The runway will be closed to jet operations while several culverts that cross the runway are being repaired.

"We'll provide bus transportation between the two terminals and ferry service between the islands," said Al Steininger, design group chief with the department.

Cruise West and the Inter-Island Ferry Authority will provide transportation to Petersburg passengers who fly in to Wrangell.

Alaska Airlines said its flights will spend additional time on the ground in Wrangell to accommodate Petersburg customers and cargo traveling to Wrangell.

The temporary flight schedule is as follows:

• Flight 65 arrives in Wrangell at 9:19 a.m. from Seattle and Ketchikan.

• Flight 65 departs Wrangell at 11:04 a.m. to Juneau and Anchorage.

• Flight 64 arrives in Wrangell at 2:47 p.m. from Anchorage and Juneau.

• Flight 64 departs from Wrangell at 4:35 p.m. to Ketchikan and Seattle.

During the closure period, Petersburg customers are asked to book their travel to and from Wrangell. Customers who have already booked travel to or from Petersburg during the closure period should call Alaska Airlines at 800-ALASKA-AIR and request a reservation change to Wrangell. There will be no change fees.

The alternative transportation to Petersburg is planned to correspond with Alaska Airlines' flight schedule. More information is available from the Petersburg Alternate Transportation Office at 907-772-2950 or tpac@aptalaska.net.

An alternative transportation Web site will be available to the public in mid-January.



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