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COVID-19 shuts down Pacific Wings


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The crew at the Petersburg Airport pulled out their fire engine last Friday to hose down Cole Rhoden as he taxied home on his last flight at Pacific Wings.

Since the mid-80s, Pacific Wings has been offering air taxi service for tourists and locals alike throughout Southeast Alaska, but economic hardships that the company has been facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the business to shut its doors.

"This COVID thing hit us pretty hard," said owner Tyler Robinson. "Between the COVID thing and all the travel mandates, we pretty much lost all our springtime visits."

Pacific Wings had been anticipating a busy spring and summer this year. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Robinson said the business had a large number of bookings. Onc...

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