AOPA: Alaska Airlines is to be sold to American Airlines

Alaskans will have to choose between a large, state-run airline or a smaller, private one, the Alaska Airlines Association announced Wednesday.

The decision by the Alaska-based airline, which has been under a state-appointed board of directors since 2014, comes less than a year after the state’s legislature and governor, Bill Walker, made the deal.

The Alaska-American airline, known as Alaska, has about 4,000 employees.

It has no presence in the state, though it has operated in Alaska for years.

The airline was founded in 1881 and operates on about 4 million acres in the Yukon, including Alaska.