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Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska

OST-1999-6244 September 17, 1999 Notice of Termination 90-Day Notice to Terminate EAS to Port Alexander, Alaska 

By:  Taquan Air, Gail S. Mathers



Order 99-10-16
OST-99-6244
OST-99-6245
Issued October 18, 1999 Order Prohibiting Suspension of Service and Requesting Proposals EAS - Port Alexander and Hydaburg, Alaska
    Exhibit A:  Map  
    Exhibit B:  O&D Traffic  
    Service List  

By:  John Coleman



OST-99-6244 November 3, 1999 Service Proposal of David Castle to Provide EAS  EAS - Port Alexander and Hydaburg,
Alaska

By:  David Castle, 907.747.6110, eyak@ptialaska.net

OST-99-6244
OST-99-6245
November 30, 1999 Service Proposal of Taquan Air Service  to Provide EAS  EAS - Port Alexander and Hydaburg,
Alaska
    EAS Proposal  

Counsel:  Taquan, Jerry Scudero, 907.225.1010



OST-99-6244 December 3, 1999 Service Proposal of Wings of Alaska to Provide EAS EAS - Port Alexander and
Hydaburg, Alaska
    Re:  EAS Proposal  
    Annual Compensation Projection  

Counsel:  Wings of Alaska, Robert Jacobsen, 907.789.9863



OST-99-6244 December 14, 1999 Re:  Letter of Jane Langley 90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Air Service at Hydaburg, Alaska

By:  Jane Langley

OST-99-6244 December 14, 1999 Re:  Letter to Jack Wendt  90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Air Service at Hydaburg, Alaska

By:  Port Alexander, Jayle Young

OST-99-6245 December 14, 1999 Re:  Haida Corporation's Letter in Support to David Castle's 90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Air Service at Hydaburg, Alaska

By:  Haida Corporation, Michele L. Loughead



Order 99-12-33
OST-99-6244
OST-99-6245
Issued December 30, 1999
Served January 3, 2000
Order Establishing Subsidy Rates  90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Service at Port Alexander, Alaska
    Appendix A:  Annual Compensation  
    Appendix B:  Annual Compensation  
    Appendix C:  Note  

By:  Bradley Mims



 

Order 00-1-16
OST-99-6244
OST-99-6245
Issued January 18, 2000
Served January 21, 2000
Order Extending Service Obligation  90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Service at Port Alexander, Alaska

By:  Randall Bennet



Order 00-2-19
OST-99-6244
Issued February 16, 2000
Served February 17, 2000
Order Selecting Carrier 90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Service at Port Alexander, Alaska
    Appendix A:  Map  
    Appendix B:  Annual Subsidy  
    Appendix C:  EAS Proposal  

Order 2000-2-19 selects Harris Aircraft Services, Inc., d/b/a Harris Air, to provide subsidized essential air service at Port Alexander, Alaska, for the two-year period beginning with the carrier's inauguration of service, through February 28, 20002, at an annual subsidy rate of $24,583. 

By:  Bradley Mims



Order 00-2-23
OST-99-6244
OST-99-6245
Issued February 17, 2000
Served February 22, 2000
Order Extending Service Obligation  90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Service at Port Alexander, Alaska

Order 2000-2-23 Extending Taquan Air's Service obligation at Port Alexander and Hydaburg, Alaska, for an additional 30 days, through March 20, 2000. 

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 00-3-14
OST-99-6244
OST-99-6245
Issued March 20, 2000
Served March 23, 2000
Order Extending Service Obligation 90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Service at Port Alexander, Alaska

By:  Randall Bennet



Order 00-3-23
OST-99-6244
OST-99-6245
Issued March 24, 2000
Served March 28, 2000
Order Selecting Carrier and Setting Final Rate  90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Service at Port Alexander, Alaska
    Attachment A:  Map  
    Attachment B:  Annual Subsidy  
    Attachment C:  EAS to be Provided   

By:  Bradley Mims



OST-99-6244
OST-99-6245
April 26, 2000 Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Petition for Reconsideration 90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Service at Port Alexander, Alaska

By:  Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Bob Trotter



Order 00-5-21
OST-99-6244
OST-99-6245
Issued May 24, 2000
Served May 26, 2000
Order Approving Transfer of Essential Air Service Responsibilities and Subsidy Rate 90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Service at Port Alexander, Alaska
    Appendix A:  EAS to be Provided  

By:  Bradley Mims



OST-99-6244 August 31, 2000 Letter of City of Port Alexander 90-Day Notice to Terminate Essential Service at Port Alexander, Alaska

By:  City of Port Alexander, Laura Rideout



Order 04-04-11
OST-99-6244

Issued and Served April 16, 2004

Order Reslecting Carrier

We will tentatively reselect Harris to provide essential air service at Port Alexander as detailed in Appendix C, for an additional two‑year period. Harris will continue to provide two round trips a week to Sitka with a Cessna 185. Harris's service continues to be satisfactory and the community has informally stated that it is pleased with their service. We find that the proposed rate of $35,206, an increase from the current rate of $20,735, is reasonable for the level of service to be provided. Since Harris's contract expired on February 29, 2004, the rate will be effective March 1, 2004, and run for two years through February 28, 2006.

In the event any carrier other than the incumbent is interested in filing proposals, with or without subsidy requests, it should file them within 30 days of the date of service of this order. At the end of that period, our staff will notify the incumbent of such a proposal, and provide it an additional 15 days to modify its proposal, if it so chooses. At the end of those 15 days, we will docket all proposals, thereby making them public, and direct each carrier, including the incumbent, to serve a copy of its proposal on the civic parties and other applicants. Shortly afterwards, we would provide a summary of the proposals to the community officials and ask them to submit their final comments, including ranking their preferences for the various options, while giving full consideration to all proposals that are timely filed.

By: Karan Bhatia



Order 2005-12-8
OST-1999-6244

Issued December 14, 2005 | Served December 19, 2005

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Port Alexander, Alaska, for a new two-year period, with or without subsidy.

As the end of the current rate term approaches, we are here requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing service at Port Alexander, with or without subsidy, for the two-year period beginning March 1, 2007. Carriers should file their proposals within 30 days of the date of service of this order.

Proposals should provide sufficient capacity to accommodate historical traffic levels. Specifically, we request proposals for two nonstop round trips a week to Sitka, with small aircraft (10 seats or less). Harris Air has provided service at the community for a number of years. In calendar year 2004. Port Alexander generated a total of 341 passengers. This represents a significant increase from 2003, when there were a total of 209 passengers. Unlike most communities in Alaska, Harris Air reports that it carries only minimal cargo, and no mail because that is transported via barge..

By: Todd Homan



January 16, 2006

Proposals of Harris Aircraft Services, Inc.

We are submitting three options for consideration:

We have increased the Seat Fare rate from $85 to $95. This is a 12% increase over a two year period for the traveling passenger. The overall operating expenses have increased 20% in this same time frame.

By: Harris, Mark Hackett



February 1, 2006

Re: Request for Comments from Mayor of Port Alexander

Harris Air proposes to continue to provide service between Port Alexander and Sitka, with 3-seat Cessna 185 aircraft.  However, the carrier proposes the following three service options for consideration:

My purpose in writing to you at this time is to request any final comments you might have on the carrier’s subsidy proposal before we submit a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary on the carrier selection issue.

By: Office of Aviation Analysis, Dennis DeVany



February 17, 2006

City of Port Alexander Support of Option 3

This letter is in regards to your letter to the City of Port Alexander dated February 1 , 2006, requesting comments on the options proposed for our Essential Air Service provided by Harris Aircraft Services in Sitka, Alaska.

The City of Port Alexander would like to recommend that the Assistant Secretary select Option 3: two nonstop round trips a week September through May, and five nonstop round trips a week June through August, at an annual subsidy rate of $70,970.00.

By: Mayor Debra Gifford



Order 2006-4-12
OST-1999-6244

Issued April 7, 2006 | Served April 12, 2006

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates

By Order 2004-4-11, issued April 16, 2004, the Department selected Harris Air to provide EAS at Port Alexander for the two-year period through February 28, 2006, at an annual subsidy rate of $35,206, consisting of two nonstop round trips a week to Sitka with 3-seat Cessna 185 aircraft.

In anticipation of the end of the rate term, the Department issued Order 2005-12-8, December 14, 2005, requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing replacement service at Port Alexander, with subsidy support if necessary, for a new two-year period beginning March 1, 2006.

In response to our request, Harris Air (the only carrier to respond) submitted a proposal offering the following three service options for consideration. All service would be provided to Sitka with 3-seat Cessna 185 aircraft, as follows: Option 1 - two nonstop round trips a week at an annual subsidy rate of $48,746; Option 2 - two nonstop round trips a week mid-September through mid-May, and three nonstop round trips a week mid-May through mid-September, at an annual subsidy rate of$59,525; and Option 3 - two nonstop round trips a week September through May, and five nonstop round trips a week June through August, at an annual subsidy rate of $70,970.

By this order, the Department is selecting Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. to continue providing essential air service at Port Alexander, Alaska, for a new two-year period, through February 29, 2008, at an annual subsidy rate of $48,746 (Option 1).

By: Michael Reynolds



Order 2007-10-9
OST-1999-6244

Issued October 5, 2007 | Served October 11, 2007

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Port Alexander, Alaska, for a new two-year period, with or without subsidy, beginning March 1, 2008.

Specifically for Port Alexander, we request proposals for two nonstop round trips a week to Sitka with small aircraft (10 seats or less). In order to assist carriers in making their traffic and revenue forecasts, we have included historical traffic in Appendix B. Typically in Alaska, mail and freight flows are asymmetrical, with up to 90% of total mail and freight flowing outbound from the hub to the EAS communities. However, that is not the case with Port Alexander. Harris Air reports that it carries only minimal cargo and no mail, because those items are generally transported via barge. Historical traffic data (Appendix B) show that two round trips a week is sufficient to fulfill the EAS needs of the community.

By: Todd Homan



December 3, 2007

Email Message - Proposal of Harris Air

EAS with C185 and 52 weeks @ 2 trips/week $95/seat fare.

In general our proposal is the same service that we are currently providing to Port Alexander. The minor changes to this proposal are a slight increase to the overall cost and passenger Seat Fare.

Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. is located in Sitka, Alaska. Harris Air has provided EAS service to Port Alexander for the last eight years. We have performed this service in a efficient and safe manner. Harris Air has worked hard to accommodate and develop a good working relationship with the traveling community members of Port Alexander.

By: Harris Aircraft, Mark Hackett, flyhackett@hotmail.com



December 6, 2007

Request for Community Comments of:

Harris Air proposes to continue to provide its current level of service between Port Alexander and Sitka, consisting of two nonstop round trips each week with 3-seat Cessna 185 aircraft, at an annual subsidy rate of $49,739.

My purpose in writing to you at this time is to request any final comments you might have on the carrier's subsidy proposal before we submit a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary on the carrier selection issue. We request that you review this information as expeditiously as possible and submit any comments you may have on the carrier selection case as soon as possible, but in any case no later than December 14, 2007.

By: Office of Aviation Analysis, Dennis DeVany



December 11, 2007

Re: Comments of The City of Port Alexander

Thank you for your letter concerning our Essential Air Service. The only comment that J have is to say how important our essential air service is to our small isolated community. We have no road system or other access for transportation therefore we rely heavily on our essential air service to be able to travel in and out of Port Alexander. The current level of service seems to be adequate for our community at this time.

By: Mayor Debra Gifford



Order 2008-1-5
OST-1999-6244

Issued January 11, 2008 | Served January 16, 2008

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates

We have decided to select Harris Air to continue to provide service at Port Alexander for the two-year period through February 28, 2010, at the aimual subsidy rate of $49,739. The carrier will maintain its current level of service, consisting of two nonstop round trips to Sitka each week, with 3-seat Cessna 185 aircraft, a service level that the community supports.

By: Todd Homan



Order 2008-2-25
OST-1999-6244 - Chisana
OST-1998-3546 - Healy Lake

Issued February 20, 2008 | Served February 25, 2008

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Chisana and/or Healy Lake, Alaska, for a new two-year period, with or without subsidy, beginning June 1, 2008.

By Order 2006-4-11, April 7, 2006, the Department selected 40-Mile Air, Ltd., to provide EAS at Healy Lake for the two-year period through May 31, 2008. That order established an annual subsidy rate of $71,105, for service consisting of two nonstop round trips each week to Fairbanks with 5-seat Cessna 206 or 207 aircraft.

By Order 2006-6-29, June 23, 2006, the Department selected 40-Mile Air to provide EAS at Chisana for the two-year period through June 30, 2008. That order established an annual subsidy rate of $75,743, for service consisting of two nonstop round trips each week to Tok with Cessna 185 (3 seats) or Cessna 206/207 (4 seats) aircraft.

We request proposals for two nonstop round trips a week to between Chisana and Tok, and between Healy Lake and Fairbanks, with small aircraft (10 seats or less).

By: Todd Homan



Order 2009-9-19
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served September 29, 2009

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals, by October 29, from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Port Alexander, Alaska, for a new two-year period, with or without subsidy, beginning March 1, 2010.

Specifically for Port Alexander, we request proposals for two nonstop round trips a week to Sitka with small aircraft (10 seats or less). In order to assist carriers in making their traffic and revenue forecasts, we have included historical traffic in Appendix B. Typically in Alaska, mail and freight flows are asymmetrical, with up to 90% of total mail and freight flowing outbound from the hub to the EAS communities. However, that is not the case with Port Alexander. Harris Air reports that it carries only minimal cargo and no mail, because those items are generally transported via barge. Historical traffic data show that two round trips a week is sufficient to fulfill the EAS needs of the community.

By: Todd Homan



October 27, 2009

Re: Proposal of Harris Aircraft Services

EAS with Cessna 185 Two trips/week @ 52 weeks/year Seat Fare $115.00.

By: Mark Hackett, 907-966-3050




Order 2009-12-3
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served December 7, 2009

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates

By this order, the Department is (a) selecting Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. to continue providing essential air service at Port Alexander, Alaska, and (b) establishing an annual subsidy rate of $60,083, for a new two-year period, through February 29, 2012.

By: Todd Homan


OST-1999-6244

November 30, 2009

Re: City of Port Alexander in Support of Harris Air

Our community is very satisfied with the service Harris Air has provided for us. It is essential to our community to have this service. It is the only way other than small boat that we can travel in or out of here. Truly it is "essential" for us to have this service available. Community members will travel to Sitka for medical and dental services and the local charter operators rely on it for passage for their clients, just to name a few of the ways this air service helps our community.

By: Debra Rose



Order 2011-12-12
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served December 20, 2011

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department is requesting proposals, by January 18, 2012, from carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, for a new two-year period, with or without subsidy, beginning March 1, 2012.

Specifically for Port Alexander, we request proposals for two nonstop round trips a week to Sitka with small aircraft (ten seats or less).

By: Todd Homan



January 12, 2012

Proposal of Harris Aircraft Service

EAS with Cessna 185 two trips/week - $125.59

By: Mark Hackett, 907-966-3050


 

Order 2012-2-15
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served February 21, 2012

Order Selecting Air Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates

By this Order, the Department is (a) selecting Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. to continue providing Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, and (b) establishing an annual subsidy rate of $75,293, for a new two-year period, through February 28, 2014.

By: Todd Homan


 

February 13, 2012

State of Alaska Aviation Deputy Commissioner in Support

Due to the isolated location of these communities and the complete lack of any road system connection, this subsidized air service is their only form of scheduled transportation. The community of Port Alexander depends on scheduled air freight, passenger and mail service for basic necessities, routine medical and health services, and economic welfare.

The State of Alaska continues to assert that the local residents are best positioned to comment on particular schedules or air carriers and therefore we leave those specific areas for the community to comment on.

I respectfully urge USDOT to support and continue the EAS service at Port Alexander and support the carrier selection that applied to provide this service.

By: Steven Hatter, 907-269-0730


 

Order 2013-9-6
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served September 9, 2013

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department is soliciting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, for a new contract, beginning March 1, 2014, with or without subsidy. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than October 15, 2013.

By: Todd Homan


 

October 2013

Proposal of Harris Aircraft Services

Harris Aircraft Services is submitting a proposal for the same frequency as in the last two years. We have increased the seat fare base rate from $125.59 to $130.23. Two basic factors have caused the seat fare rate and subsidy request to increase. The overall expenses have slightly increased in the last two years along with fuel. The seat fare is still a very reasonable rate considering the distance and equipment used.

By: Harris, Mark Hackett


 

October 18, 2013

DOT Request for Community Comments

I would like to update you on the Essential Air Service situation at Port Alexander, and give you an opportunity to submit any comments if you wish. As you may know, the Department of Transportation issued Order 2013-9-6, on September 9, 2013, to solicit proposals from all interested air carriers to provide EAS at Port Alexander for a new contract, beginning March 1, 2014. Those proposals were due no later than October 15, 2013.

I want to give you an opportunity to submit any formal comments for the record before submitting a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. We request that you submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in any case no later than November 15, 2013.

By: Kevin Schlemmer, 202-366-3176


 

November 7, 2013

City of Port Alexander in Support of Harris Aircraft

This email is in response to an email from Kevin Schlememer concerning the proposal submitted by Harris Aircraft to provide EAS service to our community.

This was addressed at our most recent City Council meeting and it was decided that we would comment by saying that Harris Aircraft has done a fine job in the past and we are in support of them servicing our community again.

By: Mayor Debra Rose Gifford, 907-568-2266


 

Order 2014-1-2
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served January 6, 2014

Order Re-Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates

By this Order, the Department is re-selecting Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. to provide Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, at an annual subsidy rate of $80,647. The service to be provided will be two nonstop round trips per week to Sitka, Alaska, using 3-seat Cessna 185 aircraft, for the two-year period from March 1, 2014, through February 28, 2016.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2016-1-4
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served January 8, 2016

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, for a new contract period beginning March 1, 2016, with or without subsidy support. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than February 5, 2016.

In the most recent 12-month period for which data are available (October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015) Port Alexander generated 314 total origin and destination passengers. Specifically, the Department requests proposals for two nonstop round trips a week between Port Alexander and Sitka, or another suitable hub airport, with small aircraft. Typically in Alaska, mail and freight flows are asymmetrical, with up to 90% of the total mail and freight flowing outbound from the hub airport to the EAS community. Historical traffic data show that two round trips a week, in three-seat aircraft, is sufficient to fulfill the EAS needs of Port Alexander.

By: Todd Homan


 

February 4, 2016

Proposal of Harris Aircraft Services

Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. proposes to conduct twice-weekly, year-round service to Port Alexander, Alaska. Our proposal utilizes a Cessna 185 Amphibious float plane to complete 100% of the service. Historically, Harris Air has substituted its de Havilland Beaver when passenger loads are high with no additional subsidy. Harris Air proposes to maintain a per-seat fare of $130.23 with passengers required to pay Federal Excise Tax of 7.5%, a total of $140.00 each way. Harris Air's proposal asks the Department for an annual subsidy of $81 068.61. Our subsidy request is based on average historic enplanements/deplanements for the previous 3 reporting periods.

By: Scott Harris, 907-966-3080




February 8, 2016

DOT Request for Community Comments

The Department issued Order 2016-1-4, on January 8, 2016, requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at Port Alexander, for a new term beginning March 1, 2016. In response to that Order, Harris Aircraft Services, Inc., the incumbent, was the only air carrier to submit a proposal. I request that you review the proposal and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than February 19, 2016.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967


 

February 22, 2016

City of Port Alexander in Support of Harris Air

In response to a call for comments concerning Harris Air proposal for contract. I believe that their current schedule serves our community adequately at this time. They do a good job of servicing our community.

By: Mayor Pro-Tem Debra Rose Gifford


 

Order 2017-2-12
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served February 22, 2017

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, with or without subsidy support. Proposals are due by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on March 30, 2017.

In the most recent 12-month period for which data are available (October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015) Port Alexander generated 314 total origin and destination passengers.

Specifically, the Department requests proposals for two nonstop round trips a week between Port Alexander and Sitka, or another suitable hub airport, in small aircraft. Typically in Alaska, mail and freight flows are asymmetrical, with up to 90 percent of the total mail and freight flowing outbound from the hub airport to the EAS community.

By: Todd Homan


 

March 30, 2017

Proposal of Harris Air

208 yearly roundtrip Port Alexander-Sitka
Aircraft: Cessna 185
Subsidy required: $99,364.11

By: Scott Harris, 907-966-3080




March 31, 2017

DOT Request for Community Comments

At this stage, we would normally ask for your preferences for various carrier and service options. However, in response to that Order, Harris Aircraft Services, Inc., the incumbent, was the only carrier to submit a proposal. Nonetheless, we want to give you an opportunity to submit any final comments for the record that you may have. I request that you review the proposal and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than April 26, 2017.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967


 

Order 2017-5-14
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served May 24, 2017

Order Reselecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rate

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation re-selects Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. to provide Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, at an annual subsidy rate of $99,364. Harris Air will provide two nonstop round trips per week to Sitka, Alaska, using 3-seat Cessna 185 aircraft, for the two-year period from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2019.

By: Susan McDermott


 

Order 2018-11-7
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served November 15, 2018

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, for a new contract, with or without subsidy support, beginning June 1, 2019. Proposals are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on December 12, 2018.

By Order 2017-5-14, May 24, 2017, the Department re-selected Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. to provide Essential Air Service at Port Alexander for the two-year period from June 1, 2017, through May 31, 2019, at an annual subsidy rate of $99,364. Under the terms of that Order, Harris Air continued to provide two nonstop round trips per week to Sitka, Alaska, using 3-seat Cessna 185 aircraft.

By: Todd Homan


 

December 12, 2018

Proposal of Harris Aircraft Services

2 weekly Port Alexander-Sitka
Aircraft: Cessna 185 Amphibious
Subsidy required: $147,357.37

By: Scott Harris


 

December 13, 2018

DOT Request for Community Comments

The Department issued Order 2018-11-7, November 15, 2018, requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at Port Alexander. At this stage, we would normally ask for your preferences for various carrier and service options. However, in response to that Order, Harris Aircraft Services, Inc., the incumbent, was the only carrier to submit a proposal. Nonetheless, we want to give you an opportunity to submit any final comments for the record that you may have. I request that you review the proposal and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than January 15, 2019.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967


 

January 7, 2019

City of Port Alexander in Support of Harris Air

The Port Alexander City Council met on January 4, 2019 and supports the awarding of the EAS bid to Harris Air.

By: Shanna Smith

 


January 7, 2019

Port Alexander City Council in Support of Harris Air

The Port Alexander City Council met on January 4, 2019 and supports the awarding of the EAS bid to Harris Air.

By: Shanna Smith




January 13, 2019

Alaska State Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in Support of Harris Air

I am writing to express my full support for Harris Air's Essential Air Service proposal. Harris Air is based in my hometown and provides indispensable service to many of the communities I represent - including Port Alexander. Harris Air is a reliable and capable operator. EAS flights make up the vast majority of flights that Port Alexander receives through winter and spring. I am confident that Harris Air will continue to meet the needs of the residents of Port Alexander.

By: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins


 

Order 2019-2-13
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served February 13, 2019

Order Re-Selecting Air Carrier

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation re-selects Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. to provide Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, at an annual subsidy rate of $147,357. Harris Air will continue to provide two nonstop round trips per week to Sitka, Alaska, using three-seat Cessna 185 aircraft, for the two-year period from June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2021.

By: Joel Szabat


 

July 23, 2019

Notice of Harris Air of Termination of EAS

Please consider this letter as notice that Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. will terminate Essential Air Service to Port Alexander within 90 days of the date listed above. Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. requests that the normal ninety-day notice period prescribed for this notice be waived so that service may be terminated on or before October 3, 2019.

Declining ridership, particularly in the winter months and a diminishing pool of qualified, experienced float plane pilots makes it unfeasible for Harris Air to continue to operate this service. That coupled with a potential for a 30%-50% increase in insurance premiums after a rash of fatal accidents in the region make continued operation to Port Alexander, AK unsustainable.

With respect to our request for termination we are not able to provide or pursue any alternative solution to the problem. Experienced float plane pilots are at a premium and require guaranteed pay for every day on the job. With only 2 flights weekly and no other flights in the winter months we simply cannot afford it nor am I able to suggest anyone in the area who can. After a long drawn out battle for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity it was made known that such a Certificate is a mandate in order to perform EAS flights and there is no other carrier out of Sitka I can suggest.

By: Scott Harris


 

Order 2019-8-4
OST-1999-6244

Issued and Served August 8, 2019

Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation is: (1) prohibiting Harris Aircraft Services, Inc. from terminating its subsidized Essential Air Service at Port Alexander, Alaska, and requiring that the air carrier continue its current level of air service until conclusion of this EAS selection case; and (2) requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at Port Alexander, with or without subsidy. Proposals are due by August 28, 2019.

Port Alexander is guaranteed a minimum level of air service. Harris Air’s proposed termination would cause Port Alexander to be left with no scheduled air service. The Department is required by law to prohibit Harris Air from terminating such service at the end of its 90-day notice period, i.e., October 21, 2019, unless the Department has found another air carrier to provide EAS for Port Alexander.

The Department requests proposals for two nonstop round trips per week, in small aircraft, between Port Alexander and Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg, or another suitable airport.

By: David Short

 

 

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