Ravn service to Cordova cut to two days a week

View from a flight from Cordova to Anchorage in June 2016. (Photo by Annette Potter/for The Cordova Times)

Officials with Ravn Air Group say that they have cut back scheduled flights serving Cordova from 12 each week to twice a week on Monday and Friday because of lower than anticipated demand.

The announcement June 20 came in response to a query from The Cordova Times, after readers contacted the newspaper about why they were notified by Ravn that their reservations with the carrier had been transferred to Alaska Airlines.

When the summer schedule was launched, Ravn had scheduled 12 flights per week to serve Cordova, company officials said through spokeswoman Debbie Reinwand, president and chief executive officer of Brilliant Media Strategies in Anchorage.

Recently, Ravn reduced the number of flights to twice weekly on Monday and Friday. This schedule will remain the same through the middle of July, when Ravn will increase to three flights per week, Reinwand said. In August, Ravn will bump up to five times per week.

Scheduling was driven by consumer demand, the company said.

All customers who are impacted by these changes have been re-accommodated on other flights or given full refunds, according to the carrier.

Ravn officials said they feel it is important to invest in this route, but also must maintain a route that is profitable. Ravn provides service to more than 120 communities throughout Alaska, including Cordova.