While I respect your opinion, the fact of the matter is that Alaska Airlines' service into small cities and towns in AK costs quite a bit of money to provide. In many cases, they built their own terminals, air cargo facilities, and even helped pay for the airport infrastructure.
People routinely argue about how someone can fly coast to coast for $250.00, and that's a valid point. However, let's look at the number of people flying that route:
AA operates somewhere in the neighborhood of ten daily JFK-LAX nonstops, all using B-767 aircraft. Now let's assume an average of 200 people per plane. That's 2000 seats filled daily. So let's take the actual COST of supplying ten nonstops, factor in terminal rent, fuel, manpower, etc...and then divide by TWO THOUSAND.
AS might offer four daily nonstops from Seattle to Ketchikan, at an average of 100 people per aircraft. That works out to 400 seats filled daily...or 20% the size of the JFK-LAX market.
When you divide your costs by around 2000 people, you get a much lower average fare per person than if you're dividing it by just 400. THAT is why Alaska Airlines, in many cases, charges disproportionately higher fares to cities and towns within the state of Alaska than compared to the transcon flights offered between large metropolitan areas within the lower 48.
So once again I'll say that if AS were printing their own money by serving KTN, JNU, FAI, OME, OTZ, SCC, BRW, and so on, you'd have other airlines clamoring to offer service there.
And just FYI, ANC-SEA service is offered by a handful of other carriers as well. Granted, they may only offer one nonstop per day (whereas AS offers over 20 during the summer months), but it is definitely NOT a monopoly.
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