Reeve eliminating summer service to Dutch Harbor

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2000

DUTCH HARBOR (AP) -- Reeve Aleutian Airways is eliminating its summer service to Dutch Harbor because the route is not profitable.

Dick Reeve, president of the airline, said the move will not be permanent.

''The immediate plan is to suspend service for the summer,'' Reeve said. ''There's not enough activity in the summer to support three carriers.''

PenAir and Alaska Airlines also serve the Dutch Harbor area.

The airline made the announcement without warning earlier this month. Its service to other communities in the region remains unaffected.

Rita Spencer, an agent for US Travel, learned of the sudden change when she returned from a three-week break.

''When I came back, they were gone,'' she said.

Reeve said the passenger shortage is not a new one. The airline has had trouble attracting enough summer service since at least the mid-1990s. He said the airline would return in time for the pollock ''C'' season this fall.

Reeve flights to Dutch Harbor have been inconsistent for the past year, due largely to plane maintenance and canceled service. The airline was grounded through much of April, when passengers and cargo piled up in Unalaska after a busy snow crab season.

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