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Feds Approve Year-round Fairbanks, Dawson City Flights

Published On: Nov 15 2013 03:14:41 PM AKST
Updated On: Nov 15 2013 04:29:12 PM AKST
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An interior shot of the Fairbanks International Airport on a sunny day

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection will no longer block year-round flights between Fairbanks and Dawson City, Canada.

The federal agency will create three new customs positions at the Fairbanks International Airport, a move that follows pressure by the Alaska Congressional Delegation and Gov. Sean Parnell.

Canada-based Air North previously attempted to offer nine flights per week between the Yukon and Interior Alaska.

Since their request was denied, the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau brought the issue to the attention of state and federal political leaders.

The agency “got the message loud and clear and found room to make this right,” said Rep. Don Young.

Sen. Begich said he is “pleased CBP reconsidered its initial decision and will allow these flights into Fairbanks next summer through a creative use of resources and staffing.”