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Unalaska's regular flight service has been stalled for about seven days.

The suspension was announced by Alaska Airlines, PenAir, and Ravn Air Group in the wake of last week's fatal plane crash. While some travelers are scoring seats on charter flights, the wider island community is growing anxious for regular service to resume.

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The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) says mental health and counseling services are available to anyone affected by last week's plane crash in Unalaska. Call APIA at 581-2751 or 907-359-2743 to connect with providers and access those services.

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Twenty cruise ships are slated to call on the city this year. That'll set a new record, according to Director Carlin Enlow of the Unalaska Visitors Bureau.

"We were going to have 13 cruise ships a couple years ago and three of them canceled," she said. "We went down to eight last year. So to have 20 cruise ships this year is a huge, huge increase."

The first vessel will arrive May 6, with cruise season continuing through the end of September.

Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team

Volcanic eruptions on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula have delayed and canceled flights in the Aleutian Islands over the last several days.

Bezymianny Volcano exploded Friday, throwing ash 50,000 feet into the air — some 1,300 miles from Unalaska.

Meanwhile, Sheveluch Volcano has remained restless since an eruption last month, with a growing lava dome and continued ash emissions.

Chrissy Roes

In 2018, Ravn Air Group purchased PenAir — the carrier that's long served as the primary connection between Anchorage and the Aleutian-Pribilof region.

For months following the buy-out, Ravn Alaska declined and did not respond to interview requests. But this month, KUCB's Zoë Sobel finally spoke with Chief Commercial Officer Derek Shanks to learn why the carrier wants to expand in Southwest.  

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