By The Associated Press
Channel 2 News
10:33 AM AKDT, August 2, 2012
PenAir is getting out of the air taxi business.
KAKN in Naknek reports the Anchorage-based airline says it is refocusing its business on expanding service to the airline's major hub communities, including more than a half-dozen in western Alaska.
PenAir began in 1955 as an air taxi service using a two-seat Taylorcraft aircraft. At that time, the company moved medical patients between Pilot Point and Dillingham.
CEO Daniel Seybert says that over the years the company grew to serve over 45 communities. But, he says, the airline industry has changed and PenAir must change with it to ensure the company's long-term success.
The airline says it will continue to take reservations and operate all of its air taxi locations until another service provider can offer scheduled service at each location.