City of Cold Bay

When RavnAir Group went bankrupt earlier this spring, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Grant Aviation stepped in alongside Alaska Airlines to provide service between Unalaska and Anchorage, for many locals, it was a huge relief. 

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Alaska Airlines and Grant Aviation will begin regular flights between Unalaska and Anchorage on May 16.

Grant Aviation announced on Tuesday that it will be offering passenger service between Unalaska and Cold Bay. From there, Alaska Airlines will connect to Anchorage.

Flights from Unalaska will be scheduled twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Officials with Alaska Airlines say they will soon start serving Cold Bay.

The airline is in the process of sending equipment to the rural airport, and expects regular service to begin in the "next few weeks," according to spokesman Tim Thompson.

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Updated 10/25/19 at 10:10 a.m. 

With PenAir and Ravn's regular air service to Unalaska suspended until next month, other carriers are offering temporary flight alternatives.  

Grant Aviation has announced a route between the island and Cold Bay.

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Thanks to a new direct flight, Unalaskans are bringing food and clothes to their northern neighbors on St. George Island, some 200 miles across the Bering Sea.

The community of 60 people has already received dozens of boxes filled with canned goods, winter clothing, and spare blankets.

"I can't thank the people enough in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor for caring about us," said Mayor Pat Pletnikoff of St. George. "It's pretty amazing."