Peninsula, or Pen Air, has been flying in SE Alaska for years but recently began service outside the State and will fly the Crescent City -Portland route starting in September. ACV staff at the meeting suggested Pen’s interest in Klamath Falls was due to the wide separation between KF and Crescent City. Does Pen need to be at ACV? Emily Jacobs advised the Pen folks will be visiting soon. She also advised that the passenger count at ACV is up 6.5% from a year ago.
The data crunchers at FindTheHome have an interesting approach . If you count robbery as a “violent” crime as opposed to a mere property” crime, the “high crime” areas shift and San Francisco becomes the highest crime area in the State! Take a look at this great interactive graphic that shows, among other things, that Del Norte’s crime rate is twice ours. I always knew Crescent City was a pit. I just didn’t have proof.
I think this statistic- how likely are you to be a victim of crime in general- is a lot more useful than splitting it up. YMMV. It’s a great map. Have fun with it.
An interesting development is reported by the Sacramento Business News. Surf Air, a private membership airline headquartered in Santa Monica and flying out of the old McClellan AFB, is flying round-trips between Santa Rosa, Hawthorne and San Carlos beginning next month, and will add service between Monterey and Hawthorne and San Carlos in July. On August 24, they’ll begin round-trips between McClellan and Hawthorne, San Carlos and Santa Barbara. Then in November they’re adding service between Palm Springs and Burbank and Oakland.
A private airline? Affordable?? Well, maybe. Surf Air’s customers pay a flat monthly fee starting at $1750 for membership and unlimited flights. If you’re doomed to fly more than three or four times a month, it starts looking downright reasonable. Add in the sheer pleasure of not having to deal with the major airlines and…well, I’d sure like to try it.
In another development, Pen Air, which is supposed to start service beween Crescent City and Portland later this year, is making nice with the Redding airport folks and has been heard to say they are interested in flying out of AVC. We’ll see. Stay tuned.