Alaska Airlines Suspends Petersburg Service March 23-April 21 Due to Runway Closing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska , March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines will not operate in or out of Petersburg from March 23 to April 21, 2009 , due to the State of Alaska , Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF) closure of the Petersburg runway to jet aircraft operations. The closure is necessary to replace several culverts that span the runway.

While the Petersburg runway is closed, flights will spend additional ground time at the Wrangell airport to accommodate Petersburg customers and cargo traveling to Wrangell .

The temporary flight schedule is as follows:

During the closure period, Petersburg customers are asked to book their travel to and from Wrangell . Customers who have already booked travel to or from Petersburg during the closure period should call Alaska Airlines at (800) ALASKA-AIR and request a reservation change to Wrangell . There will be no change fees.

The DOTPF will provide alternative transportation to Petersburg customers traveling to and from Wrangell during the runway closure. The alternative transportation corresponds with Alaska Airlines' flight schedule. More information is available from the Petersburg Alternate Transportation Office at (907) 772-2950 or tpac@aptalaska.net. An alternative transportation Web site is available to the public at http://tpac.cruisewest.com/.

Customers planning to ship or receive cargo or Goldstreak packages to and from Petersburg will be able to do so from the Alaska Air Cargo office at Petersburg .

Additional information and assistance is available on alaskaair.com or by calling Alaska Airlines Reservations at (800) ALASKA-AIR or Alaska Air Cargo at (800) 225-2752.

The Alaska Airlines terminal in Petersburg will be open for customer and cargo services during the closure period.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska , the Lower 48, Hawaii , Canada and Mexico . Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Traditional Network Carriers (tie)" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 North America Airline Satisfaction Study(SM). For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.

SOURCE Alaska Airlines

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