Fares, fees among challenges carrier would face in serving PA


Would its smaller, 19-passenger planes flying out of Port Angeles and the same number of flights as Horizon — four roundtrips a day — do the trick for Big Sky?

Executive Vice President Craig Denney said he couldn’t say.

“It all comes down to what the fares are,” he said.

Another big stumbling block to Big Sky operating a financially viable service to Port Angeles is the passenger-friendly — though unprofitable arrangements — that Horizon, Big Sky and other smaller airlines have with larger airlines for passengers connecting with longer flights at Sea-Tac, Denney said.

Horizon, which shares a gate at Sea-Tac with Big Sky, made, for example, about $40 in profit for every approximately $200-ticket it sold for the Port Angeles-to-Sea-Tac flight from passengers who made connecting flights with Alaska Airlines in Seattle to other cities

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are owned by the same holding company.

Most of the passengers flying out of Port Angeles make connections at Sea-Tac for other flights.

But Big Sky would have to make more than $40 a ticket, Denney said.


The rest of the story appears in the Wednesday Peninsula Daily News Clallam County edition.

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