Last year, Alaska’s congressional delegation fought hard to keep the Essential Air Service program alive. They argued that without it, over 40 Alaskan communities could lose the planes that connect them to the rest of the state. Ultimately, the program was saved and its funding was even bumped up to $143 million. But as KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports, the Department of Transportation is still trying to rein in program costs, and the City of Adak may see air travel to the community change as a result.
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