Alaska Airlines responds to Ravn suspension of service

    Seattle, Washington (KINY) - With the announcement on Sunday of RavnAir Alaska stopping all operations, Alaska Airlines expressed deep concern for the Ravn employees and communities in the state impacted by the news.

    Given the impact on residents of the state caused by the Ravn service suspension, Alaska Airlines, which currently serves 19 communities in the state of Alaska, is announcing they will maintain service to all points it currently serves in the state. The airliner will continue service to Kodiak with its own aircraft and will move up its normal summer seasonal service to King Salmon and Dillingham, starting earlier than scheduled.

    “Having served Alaska for 88 years, Alaska Airlines has a special appreciation for the unique reliance most Alaskan communities have on air service,” said Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines chief executive officer.  “During this difficult moment, our hope is that air carriers across Alaska will make every effort to ensure continuity of service to all the state’s remote communities.  We are committed to working with those airlines, the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Board, Alaska Air Carriers Association, and the affected communities to connect Alaskans now and into the future.”

    Alaska Airlines will review other markets impacted by the Ravn suspension of service to consider how best to support affected communities. Alaska Air Cargo, a unit of Alaska Airlines, is optimizing the use of its three dedicated freighter aircraft in the state of Alaska to ensure medical supplies, groceries, and other essential shipments are delivered during this period of reduced air service.

    While currently under a hiring freeze driven by the COVID-19 crisis, Alaska Airlines’ human resources group will nonetheless host a job fair for Ravn employees impacted by that company’s cessation of service. The airline will work to provide these experienced airline workers with support in seeking new employment, including connecting with other companies that may be hiring.

    “We believe these are important steps that Alaska Airlines can take to support the infrastructure of the state of Alaska and ensure the people and communities of the state remain connected during this incredibly challenging time,” said Tilden.

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