Fairbanks-based carrier adds Bethel-to-Anchorage route

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2000

BETHEL (AP) -- Fairbanks-based Frontier Flying Service has begun offering passenger service between Bethel and Anchorage.

The company joins Alaska Airlines and PenAir in the Bethel passenger market.

Frontier began the service in late August using a Raytheon Beech 1900 turbo-prop aircraft. The Sunday-through-Friday schedule offers one round trip flight each day. The service is strictly no-frills, with no flight attendants, food or beverage service.

''If we're going to be in this for the long run, we need to be bare bones,'' Frontier President Robert Hajdukovich told the Tundra Drums.

Frontier began operating an air cargo service out of Bethel nearly two years ago. Company officials say Bethel is a good year-round market.

Hajdukovich says he thinks his company will succeed in the Bethel passenger market, where others, including Mark Air, have failed. Frontier, he said, won't spread itself too thin.

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