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Alaska Seaplanes expands reach to Sitka

Posted: April 14, 2014 - 1:07pm  |  Updated: April 15, 2014 - 12:03am

Alaska Seaplanes announced Monday it is adding service between Kake and Sitka, with continuing service to Juneau, and a third round trip daily between Juneau and Kake during the summer season.

The company said in a news release the additions are in response to a growing demand in its Kake market.

The flights between Kake and Sitka will begin May 24 with fares starting at $149. Service between Juneau and Kake will also be expanded by adding a third mid-day roundtrip flight.

The move intends to meet demand in Kake passenger traffic, which has grown steadily over the last two years as a result of Alaska Seaplanes’ migration to larger Piper Chieftain and Cessna Caravan platforms for a majority of flights in and out of Kake, the company said.

“Two years ago we made three commitments to the residents of Kake — larger airplanes with more frequency (and) reduced fares through online booking,” Alaska Seaplanes co-owner Mike Stedman said. “We have followed through on all of those commitments.”

Alaska Seaplanes’ Piper Chieftain and Cessna Caravan “Supervan” aircraft are equipped with Capstone ADS-B avionics, and both aircraft have been recently refurbished with new engines, paint and interiors.

Stedman was born and raised in Sitka and began his 33-year flying career there.

“I’m excited about expanding our business to my home town,” he said.

Stedman’s wife, Lori, is also from Sitka.

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steve  muckensnable
steve muckensnable 04/15/14 - 06:19 am

So what does a Juneau to Sitka round trip cost? Sounds like you have to go through Kake in the way to Sitka but not from? Just making sure... Thanks for any answers in advance

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