12th September, 2018 / Posted in Ravn News

Ravn Alaska Expanding Network to Serve McGrath as Part of U.S. Essential Air Service Program

Anchorage, Alaska – Ravn Air Group (“Ravn”), Alaska’s largest regional airline, today announced it is expanding its network to provide nonstop service to McGrath beginning October 15, 2018. Tickets are on sale now at www.flyravn.com.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Ravn its first Essential Air Service (EAS) contract to support the airline’s expansion to McGrath, a city and village on the Kuskokwim River located 221 miles northwest of Anchorage. As part of the contract, Ravn will fly three weekly nonstop round trips to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

“McGrath is a vital transportation and economic hub, and we could not be more excited to start serving the community with Ravn’s safe, affordable and reliable service,” said Ravn’s President and CEO Dave Pflieger. “Ravn prides itself in connecting Alaska’s diverse communities, people and businesses—especially those located in remote areas like McGrath.”

Everyday low fares from Anchorage to McGrath will start from $158.00 one way.* PenAir previously provided EAS to McGrath, with Ravn taking over service on October 15.

“We’d also like to thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for placing its confidence in Ravn and look forward to delivering continued enhancements across our growing network. Alaskans everywhere are invited to check out our convenient flight schedules, fares and FlyAway frequent flyer rewards program at flyravn.com,” added Pflieger.

“Safe, reliable, year-round air service is essential to the survival of our community,” said McGrath Mayor Ralph Morgan who, along with the McGrath Native Village Council, recommended Ravn to the Department of Transportation as part of its EAS carrier selection process.

“McGrath Native Village Council supports Ravn Alaska because of the many benefits it provides. Ravn also has a terminal in the main airport at Ted Stevens International to assist in making connecting flights accessible. And, it offers online booking and partner airline agreements to provide our tribal members and visitors more travel options,” added Alice Dale, 1st Chief of the McGrath Native Village Council.

Flight Details & Schedule**                                                                                       

Beginning Oct. 15, 2018, Ravn will operate 3 roundtrip flights from Anchorage to McGrath on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

All flights will be aboard Ravn’s fleet of Bombardier Dash-8 (de Havilland DHC-8) aircraft operated by our highly-experienced pilots. On board, passengers are provided Ravn’s signature beverage and snack service, which includes fresh baked cookies, a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company, wine and GoPicnic snacks. Passengers on all Ravn Alaska flights are eligible to earn and redeem FlyAway Rewards as part of Ravn’s frequent flyer program.

McGrath Schedule
From To Flt # Operating Days Depart Arrive Stops
McGrath Anchorage 869 Mon, Wed & Fri 13.50 15.00 0
Anchorage McGrath 868 Mo, Wed & Fri 12.10 13.15 0

About Essential Air Service (EAS)

EAS is a U.S. government program enacted to guarantee that small communities in the United States maintain commercial service. The U.S. Department of Transportation subsidizes airlines to serve communities across the country that otherwise would not receive scheduled air service. As of June 1, 2015, 159 communities in the U.S. received EAS subsidies, of which 44 were in Alaska, two were in Hawaii, and one community in Puerto Rico.

About Ravn Air Group

Ravn Air Group is proud to be Alaska’s largest regional airline. Headquartered in Anchorage and supported by over 1,000 employees, Ravn operates a highly reliable fleet of almost 70aircraft on more than 400 flights per day (almost 3,000 flights a week) from hubs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel, Aniak, St. Mary’s, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalakleet, Barrow, and Galena. Recently, Ravn also announced service to Dillingham and King Salmon. The airline provides passenger, mail, freight, and charter customers with air transportation and logistics services to more than 115 destinations throughout Alaska. Ravn also has interline airline agreements with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines to carrier their passengers across the state. Passengers may participate in Ravn Alaska’s FlyAway Rewards program for all Ravn Alaska or Ravn Connect flights or accrue Alaska Airlines miles on select Ravn flights. For more information on how to buy tickets or reserve charter flights visit flyravn.com, flyravn.com/charter-a-flight, or call 800-866-8394.

*Everyday Fare Rules: Fares valid for one-way travel and require 21-day advance purchase. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights or operate all days of the week. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Terms and conditions: Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Bag fees apply for checked baggage. Additional fees apply to check more than two bags or overweight or oversized items. These fares are nonrefundable and are only available on flights marketed by Ravn for travel on Ravn Alaska and Ravn Connect. A ticket purchased at a Ravn airport location or through one of our reservation call centers will cost $10.00 more per person than the advertised fare. Applicable fare and tax differences apply to any changes made after ticketing. Fares include U.S. government taxes and fees. All fares are in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without notice, and other restrictions apply. Some markets may not operate daily service. Some flights may be operated by or in conjunction with the names of Ravn and Ravn Connect’s operating certificates, “Corvus Airlines” and “Hageland Aviation.”

** Schedules subject to change.