Critics Knock Alaska Airlines Plan for Fairbanks

A decision by Alaska Airlines to serve Fairbanks with turboprop airplanes instead of jets for service to Anchorage is not sitting well with residents of Alaska's second largest city.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- A decision by Alaska Airlines to serve Fairbanks with turboprop airplanes instead of jets for service to Anchorage is not sitting well with residents of Alaska's second largest city.


Much of the frustration focuses on the need to board the aircraft from outside.


That idea is not popular in Fairbanks, where temperatures drop to 40 below zero or colder every winter.


Fairbanks International Airport is equipped with jet ways to board jets.


Alaska Airlines Regional Vice President Marilyn Romano says turboprop flights aren't scheduled to begin until 2014. She says that the company over the next mine months will be working out details to address unusual aspects of flying in Alaska.

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