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Alaska Air Cargo has shut down its Unalaska office.

Starting Nov. 1, Alaska Airlines will no longer haul freight on island flights, which are operated in partnership with PenAir.

“Passenger services remain unaffected," said Jason Berry, managing director for cargo at Alaska. "The difference is we will no longer carry cargo on that airplane, and the main reason is that is it’s a very capacity-constrained flight.”

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When Unalaska’s primary air cargo provider announced it was shutting down service this summer, community members were concerned.

People rely on PenAir’s cargo planes for most of their mail. Grocery stores depend on them for fresh produce, meat, and milk. And seafood companies count on them to ship products that sustain the local economy.

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Unalaskans don’t have to worry about losing their mail service, according to officials with ACE Air Cargo.

The freight company has signed a contract with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail starting June 1.

PenAir

PenAir is shutting down its freight service to Unalaska -- a move that will affect the island’s food delivery and fishing industry.

The regional air carrier has notified the city by email that it’s closing its cargo business between Unalaska and Anchorage, according to City Manager Dave Martinson and Mayor Frank Kelty.

Kelty said PenAir officials told him freight service has become a financial “loser” and they’re selling both cargo planes that serve the route.