March 30, 2007
The company has a new passenger terminal, freight facility, maintenance hanger and offices under construction at the new waterfront location. Alternate facilities will be occupied until the new construction is completed in May said Taquan Air president and CEO Brien Salazar. A survey of Taquan Air's year-round passenger base was the key factor in making the decision to select the new three acre site. According to Salazar, the passengers indicated that a location with easy access to the airport, ferry terminals and shopping was preferred. "We will have the most spacious and state of the art floatplane facilities in the state in operation this summer," said Salazar.
In addition to providing all-year scheduled passenger, freight and mail service to 18 communities out of Ketchikan, Taquan Air is the contract carrier for the U.S. Forest Service, Ketchikan Public Utilities, and holds federal Essential Sir Service contracts to serve multiple destinations. The airline also has flightseeing commitments with all the major cruise lines serving Ketchikan.
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