Airlines will not operate in or out of Petersburg airport from 23 March to 21 April 2009 so that several culverts that span the runway can be replaced.

The State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF) said that flights will spend additional ground time at the Wrangell airport to accommodate Petersburg customers and cargo travelling to Wrangell.

The Alaska Airlines terminal in Petersburg will be open for customer and cargo services during the closure period.

By Daniel Garrun.