(former Bethel Air Base)
(former Todd Army Airfield)
|IATA: BET – ICAO: PABE – FAA LID: BET|
|Owner||State of Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region|
|Elevation AMSL||126 ft / 38 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Bethel Airport (IATA: BET, ICAO: PABE, FAA LID: BET) is a state owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) southwest of the central business district of Bethel, a city in the Bethel Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 140,291 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 134,848 enplanements in 2009, and 144,353 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
Construction began September 21, 1941, and the airfield was activated July 4, 1942; it is also known as Bethel Air Base. It was used by Air Transport Command as auxiliary airfield for Lend-Lease aircraft being flown to Siberia. The facility was transferred to Eleventh Air Force, then to Alaskan Air Command in 1945; it became the joint-use Bethel Airport. It was used for construction of AC&W Bethel Air Force Station in mid-1950s. Full jurisdiction was turned over to Alaska Government in 1958.
Facilities and aircraft
Bethel Airport covers an area of 1,056 acres (427 ha) at an elevation of 126 feet (38 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways: 1L/19R is 6,400 by 150 feet (1,951 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface; 1R/19L is 4,000 by 75 feet (1,219 x 23 m) with an asphalt surface; 12/30 is 1,860 by 75 feet (567 x 23 m) with a gravel surface.
For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2011, the airport had 122,000 aircraft operations, an average of 334 per day: 54% air taxi, 41% general aviation, 4% scheduled commercial, and 1% military. At that time there were 232 aircraft based at this airport: 90% single-engine, 7% multi-engine, 2% helicopter, and 1% military.
Airlines and non-stop destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Era Alaska||Anchorage, Atmautluak, Chefornak, Chevak, Eek, Hooper Bay, Kalskag, Kasigluk, Kongiganak, Kwethluk, Kwigillingok, Marshall, Nightmute, Pilot Station, Russian Mission, St. Mary's, Toksook Bay, Tuluksak, Tuntutuliak |
|Yute Air||Aniak, Chefornak, Eek, Goodnews Bay, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, Newtok, Nightmute, Platinum, Quinhagak, Toksook Bay, Tuntutuliak, Tununak|
|1||Anchorage, AK||57,000||Alaska, Era Alaska|
|4||Chevak, AK||4,000||Aero Flight|
|5||Kipnuk, AK||4,000||Aero Flight, Hageland|
|6||Hooper Bay, AK||4,000||Aero Flight|
|7||Kongiganak, AK||3,000||Aero Flight|
|8||Toksook Bay, AK||3,000||Hageland|
|9||Kasigluk, AK||3,000||Flight Alaska|
|10||Mountain Village, AK||3,000|
- Alaska Central Express
- Arctic Transportation Services
- Everts Air Cargo
- Lynden Air Cargo
- Northern Air Cargo
- Yute Air
- FAA Airport Master Record for BET ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- Era Alaska Timetable (PDF). Retrieved April 17, 2011.
- Topographic map from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for BET, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: