nation, airlines are having to cut back on employees and scheduled flights, all
because of the increase of fuel prices. Mary Donaldson takes a look at how the increases
in fuel prices are affecting the smaller airlines in Kodiak.
Kodiak's Emerald Isle has several small airlines, both
for transportation and for wildlife and scenic charters that fly all across the
island and beyond. Rising fuel costs for this summer are being felt by these
small airlines. Jo Murphy is one of the owners for Seahawk Air, and says that
even though they only utilize one aircraft, the effects are still being felt at
(Murphy 1 :26s "...overall prices.")
Murphy says because they aren't a scheduled airline, but
rather an on demand charter, there isn't much else they can do to cut back on added
costs from fuel prices, since they to fly to where the customer charters them
(Murphy 2 :28s "...affected travelers.")
Bob Stanford is the owner of Island Air in Kodiak and
says that his operations fly up to six aircraft on daily flight schedules, as
well as charters. The spike in fuel costs has affected the spending priorities
at his business.
(Stanford 1 :23s "...climbing rapidly.")
Stanford says making adjustments is a part of
business, but with how fast fuel prices have risen, he can barely plan his
yearly budgets, because when the next year comes around, they are out of date
because of the constant increases.
(Standford 2 :45s "...it's never enough.")
He says Island Air has had to raise its rates
considerably in an effort to keep up with rising fuel prices.
Mary Ann Harvey is a co-owner of Harvey Air with her
husband Steve. They are also a charter flight business and fly only one twin-engine
aircraft. She says they have seen a shift in the types of customers. There is
less local traffic, and more tourists booking charter flights.
(Harvey 1 :39s "...discourage a lot of travel.")
She says over the past few years, Harvey Air's money
spent on fuel has doubled, leading to a larger than average price increase for
(Harvey 2 :17s "...quite a boost.")
Nationally, several airlines, including Alaska
Airlines have been making adjustments to travel, such as increases in airfare,
decreasing the amount of flights being offered, and charging more for baggage
and in flight services that all used to be free of charge, all in attempts to
deal with the drastic rise in fuel prices.
I'm Mary Donaldson.