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ALASKA CLOSES TUCSON STATION; ADJUSTS SCHEDULE

 SEATTLE, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today that it will close its Tucson station and make other seasonal service adjustments to its flight schedule effective Jan. 31.
 The schedule changes eliminate 58 of the airline's 316 daily departures, including the seasonal suspension of service to five stations in Alaska -- Kodiak, Dillingham, King Salmon, St. Mary's and Aniak. The changes also include the reduction of flights in various markets served by the airline systemwide.
 Ray Vecci, chairman and chief executive officer of the airline, said the changes are part of the carrier's continuing effort to size the airline according to today's economic realities in the airline industry and to adjust capacity to reflect seasonal variations in traffic. He also said that a portion of the temporary reduction in flying reflects the need to retrain pilots to provide for a summer schedule comparable to last year's flying levels.
 Alaska, which has been in Tucson since 1985, currently provides three daily round-trips between the city and Los Angeles. Vecci said, "Our limited market presence, soft traffic, and low yields unfortunately combine to make continued service to Tucson uneconomic."
 Vecci said that 140 pilots and 230 flight attendants will be furloughed beginning Feb. 1. The company employs 913 pilots and 1,566 flight attendants. Since the end of the summer the company has reduced its workforce by 1,100 through layoffs, furloughs and leaves of absences.
 Vecci said the airline will work to confirm seats on other Alaska Airlines flights or, where necessary, on other carriers for passengers affected by the flight reductions. The carrier will also be contacting the limited number of customers involved to notify them of the changes.
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 /CONTACT: Lou Cancelmi, 206-433-3170, or Bill Ehrlich, 206-431-7424, both of Alaska Airlines/
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