Alaska Heats Up Boarding Process for Q400 Flights, Increases Service Between Anchorage and Fairbanks
Alaska Airlines announced it will change the boarding and deplaning process for passengers flying into and out of Fairbanks, Alaska for flights operated on Bombardier Q400 aircraft.
Beginning in March 2014, Alaska will use a jet bridge at Fairbanks International Airport for to board and deplane passengers. Passengers currently have to board the plane outside, even in winter, during which average low temperatures range from −15° F (−26° C) to −25° F (−32° C).
The airline said it will modify the jet bridge at Gate 1 in Fairbanks to allow access to the turboprop aircraft. It also said it is exploring a similar solution at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage.
Starting next March, Alaska will increase the frequency of flights between Anchorage and Fairbanks from seven to nine daily flights. It will operate eight with the Q400 and one with a Boeing 737.
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