Aleutian Airways closes successful season in King Salmon

An Aleutian Airways Saab 2000 parked at King Salmon airport, Alaska.
Photo Credit: Aleutian Airways

Sterling Airways, operating under the banner of Aleutian Airways, has farewelled a successful season in King Salmon, Alaska.

The culmination unfolded on September 18, 2023, with the departure of the last scheduled flight, marking the end of a season that connected travelers with the natural beauty and wonders of this captivating region.

“It’s been an incredible experience this past summer in King Salmon, and I’m deeply grateful for the warm welcome we received,” expressed Stevi Rae Angasan, the dedicated King Salmon Station Manager.

“I want to extend a heartfelt shout-out to my remarkable team and everyone who’s been part of this journey – we can’t wait to welcome you back next season!”

“We are going to miss having Aleutian Airways flying to King Salmon this fall and winter,” lamented Nanci Morris Lyon, proprietor of the Bear Trail Lodge.

“We had a splendid season partnering with them; no lost bags, impeccable customer service, an overall phenomenal experience.”


The Sterling Experience

The Sterling Airways experience in King Salmon, Alaska is transcendent. It’s a journey that takes you deep into the heart of nature’s marvels.

From lush forests to crystalline waters and untamed wilderness, every moment spent in this region is a brush with the extraordinary.

Stevi Rae Angasan, the King Salmon Station Manager, said: “It’s been an incredible experience this past summer in King Salmon, and I’m deeply grateful for the warm welcome we received.”

“I want to give a big shout-out to my team and everyone who’s been part of this journey – we can’t wait to see you again next season!”

Scheduled service to King Salmon will resume on June 10, 2024.  For those seeking a personalized and flexible travel experience to King Salmon and other captivating destinations, charter services remain available year-round.

About King Salmon

King Salmon, Alaska is a census-designated place (CDP) in Bristol Bay Borough on the Alaska Peninsula. It is located on the north bank of the Naknek River, about 16 miles (26 km) upriver from Naknek, near Naknek Lake. As of the 2020 census, the population was 307, down from 374 in 2010.

It is the gateway to Katmai National Park and Preserve, one of the best places in Alaska to view grizzly bears in the wild.

The park is home to over 2,000 bears, and visitors can see them up close and personal at Brooks Falls, where the bears congregate to catch salmon as they swim upstream.

There are also several hiking trails in the area, ranging from easy to challenging. Some popular hikes include the Naknek Lake Trail, the Three Lakes Trail, and the Moraine Creek Trail.

Scenic flights are another great way to experience the beauty of King Salmon and the surrounding area. Visitors can fly over Katmai National Park and Preserve, the Naknek River, and Bristol Bay.

About Aleutian Airways

Aleutian Airways, operated by Sterling Airways, is a joint venture between Wexford Capital and McKinley Alaska Private Investment, to answer the community’s need for airline service to the Aleutian Islands as well as other destinations throughout Alaska.

The carrier operates Saab 2000 regional commuter aircraft.

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