Alaska Airlines celebrates new Bethel terminal

Posted: Friday, March 24, 2000

BETHEL (AP) -- Alaska Airlines held an official grand opening of its new $6 million Bethel terminal last week.

The celebration came nearly two months after the first flight from the facility, and a month after the scheduled opening celebration, which was delayed after the fatal crash of an Alaska Airlines jet off the California coast.

About 6,300 passengers go through the Bethel terminal each month, making it the airline's third-busiest terminal in Alaska, according to Bill McKay, the company's vice president of government and public affairs.

The terminal replaces a building purchased from Mark Air in 1984. That building has outlived its usefulness, said Cliff Argue, vice president of properties and facilities for the airline. The old terminal building will be demolished later this spring to make room for parking.

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