Local travel needs...
by Peter Ellis
March 27, 2004
Perhaps the Ketchikan community and Southeast Alaska should be
considering an approach to Horizon Airlines and encouraging it
to offer once a day service to Ketchikan and twice a day service,
with that daily airplane, to all of the communities in Southeastern
Alaska plus Whitehorse and Prince Rupert. This would certainly
facilitate our local travel needs and avoid the inconvenience
and delays inherent in the Alaska Airlines schedule as well as
that of the Alaska State Ferry System.
Also needed is an effort toward some planning in terms of dealing
with the traffic that will be generated as a result of travel
to and from the Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver and both before
and after the event. I have seen little to no thinking as to
encouraging the potential of Ketchikan promoting itself to serve
as a northern gateway to Prince Rupert and British Columbia for
those Olympic visitors who may want to fly in to Ketchikan International
and proceed to Vancouver from a different northerly direction.
There could certainly be some attractive alternatives in terms
of ferry, airline and cruise ship availability.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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