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RavnAir Group

A Juneau-based flight service says that continuing air service to Southwest Alaska communities like the bustling fishing port of Dutch Harbor could be jeopardized unless its bid to buy regional airline PenAir is accepted by its bankrupt parent company, RavnAir Group.

Alaska Seaplanes says that PenAir's operating certificate is set to expire next month, and if that happens, resurrecting the company could be an expensive and time-consuming process that might not happen before the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and PenAir's destinations need more flights than are available now.

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RavnAir Group will continue serving Unalaska, with four scheduled flights a week, even as the coronavirus pandemic has forced it to end service to all but a handful of its 115 communities. 

"At this time, RavnAir Group intends to continue flights four times a week to Unalaska, with the potential for charter flights," Deb Reinwand, a RavnAir spokesperson, said in an emailed statement. 

The news comes after 24 hours of confusion about RavnAir's plans for Unalaska and Dutch Harbor, one of the country's biggest fishing ports.

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Updated 4/02/20 at 1:00 p.m.

According to city officials, RavnAir Group called shortly after 12 p.m. on Thursday and said it will be cutting service to Unalaska.

"The city was notified midday today that Ravn is discontinuing flights between Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and Anchorage," said a press release from the City of Unalaska. "The effective date is uncertain, but it may be as early as tomorrow, April 3, 2020." 

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RavnAir Group continues to be impacted by the cyber attack it experienced earlier this month, and the impact now appears to be more extensive than initially reported, according to a press release from the airline.

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After weeks of uncertainty in the wake of last month's fatal plane crash, RavnAir Group has released flight schedules between Unalaska and Anchorage through May 31, 2020.

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