- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - The state is considering reducing operating hours at Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez airport in a cost-cutting move.

Sitka radio station KCAW (https://is.gd/rdgtfE) reports Alaska Department of Transportation officials have told Sitka officials about the proposed cut.

The airport is staffed round-the-clock and its hours could be cut to 18 or 20 hours a day.

Department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says on-call staff would be available in case a flight needs to land after hours.

The cuts would not affect emergency medical flights.

The Sitka airport is owned by the city, but the airport itself is owned by the state, which is responsible for everything from runway operations to snow removal.

No final decision will be made until lawmakers pass the state operating budget and it is signed by the governor.

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Information from: KCAW-FM, https://www.kcaw.org

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