Alaska Airlines Reconsiders Adak Air Service
Friday, July 13 2012
Alaska Airlines is back in the running for Adak’s Essential Air Service contract. The airline currently flies a Boeing 737-Combi to Adak twice a week, but said earlier this year it wouldn’t try to renew its contract for the federally subsidized flight route. But on Wednesday, in a letter to the DOT, the airline said, “Alaska is now undertaking a new analysis to determine whether it will now decide to do so.”
The company asked the DOT to extend the deadline for filing a proposal to July 24, so they can complete their evaluation. Alaska Airlines didn't return calls for comment on why they are reconsidering their position.
This is already the second round of bidding on the contract. PenAir was the sole bidder in the first round and the DOT rejected their proposal, citing the high cost and lack of community support.