New airline scheduled startup in Ketchikan

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2000

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A new airline is scheduled to get off the ground in this Southeast Alaska city in April.

Officials with Pacific Airways said they plan to begin floatplane service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales and Annette Islands.

President Mike Rhoads said Pacific Airways will offer scheduled flights to Metlakatla, Craig and Thorne Bay and charter service to other outlying villages and lodges. The carrier may serve still more communities if it proves economically viable, Rhoads said.

Pacific Airways will be using DeHavilland Beaver floatplanes to make the runs, and the new company will employ between 10- and a dozen people, he said.

Pacific Airways is the second company to enter the Ketchikan market in the two months since the area's largest commuter airline, Taquan Air, announced it was closing.

Haines-based LAB began scheduled flights between Ketchikan and Klawock earlier this month.

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