Unalaska town hall about flight disruptions after plane crash

 Town hall meeting in Unalaska Friday evening. (photo courtesy Meg Thomson-Dean)
Town hall meeting in Unalaska Friday evening. (photo courtesy Meg Thomson-Dean) (KTUU)
Published: Oct. 25, 2019 at 10:25 PM AKDT
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It’s been over a week since the fatal plane crash in Unalaska halted regularly scheduled flights to and from the city. In a town hall Friday night, residents spoke with representatives from the major airlines that service Unalaska to voice their concerns and hear about efforts to return regularly scheduled flights.

David Pflieger, the CEO of Ravn Air Group tried to lay out at the meeting what the current options are, and what the timeline looks like for returning to regular service.

Right now, charter flights are available through Ravn Air Group and Security Aviation.

has been set up to coordinate group charters.

Security Aviation also announced Friday that they’ll temporarily be servicing Unalaska with scheduled flights three times a week.

Grant Aviation is also offering flights to Cold Bay, where you can catch a flight into Anchorage.

Ravn hopes to bring in regularly scheduled flights using Dash-8 planes starting the week of November 4th.Dash-8s are smaller than the Saabs that previously serviced Unalaska, which Ravn hopes to return at some point in the future, but they didn’t offer an estimate for that time.

Pflieger said they will need to go through a multifaceted process to ensure it is safe to land Saabs in Unalaska before they can return to service there.

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