Essential Air Service gets funding boost

Posted: Friday, February 08, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The federal Department of Transportation has renewed the Essential Air Service contract to provide air service for five Southeast communities.

Alaska Airlines has been tentatively reselected to provide the subsidized service to Cordova, Gustavus, Petersburg, Wrangell and Yakutat.

The contract is worth $3.9 million annually.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, secured the funding in last year's budget.

The service will allow residents of the five communities served by the program to purchase tickets at reasonable prices and to ensure that they continue to receive regularly scheduled air servce, Stevens said.

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