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.