Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - City and Borough of Juneau Manager Rorie Watt applauded plans by Alaska Seaplanes to provide service to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, while a guest on Action Line Friday.
He called it "a big deal" and "great stuff" and added, "It's a good option for Juneau citizens and its a good move for the economy."
Watt said he intends to help promote the service by asking Travel Juneau to do that and speaking to the Sisters City Commission to further foster Juneau's sister city relationship with Whitehorse.
Watt views the new service has an opportunity to attract additional independent travelers to Juneau. He points out that Whitehorse has direct air serve to Europe in the summer and he sees an opportunity to attract those travelers here.
The plane the company will use is a PC-12. Watt said the company's Carl Ramseth says it flies higher and faster. Ramseth told Watt that when they leave Whitehorse they will arrive in Juneau before they leave Whitehorse. Of course, that's because of the time zone difference. Juneau is an hour behind Whitehorse.