Bethel Air Terminal holds grand opening

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2000

BETHEL (AP) -- The former Mark Air Terminal in Bethel re-opened Saturday with a new name and a new look.

About 300 people gathered for the opening of the Bethel Air Terminal, said Dwight Lefner, whose company purchased the facility from the state last December.

Pen Air, Frontier Airlines and mail carrier Bel Air moved into the terminal earlier this year. Reeve Aleutian Airways moved into the newly-renovated building Friday.

The 21-thousand-square-foot terminal has been vacant for over three years. Lefner said he's invested $300,000 in the building. But he said the investment promises to be a good one because passenger service and mail volume is increasing every year.

The renovated building also has a store, a restaurant and an espresso bar.

''We have overhauled completely,'' said Lefner, owner of Lefner Investments who has lived in Bethel for 32 years. ''We are just leasing space and seeing what happens.''

Lefner said he expects a barber shop to move into the building soon.

The state took over the facility after Mark Air filed for bankruptcy.



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