Fairbanks International Airport
|Fairbanks International Airport|
|IATA: FAI – ICAO: PAFA – FAA LID: FAI|
|Owner||State of Alaska DOT&PF|
|Hub for||Frontier Flying Service,
Warbelow's Air Ventures,
Wright Air Service
|Elevation AMSL||434 ft / 132 m|
Fairbanks International Airport (IATA: FAI, ICAO: PAFA, FAA LID: FAI) is a state-owned public-use airport located three miles (5 km) southwest of the central business district of Fairbanks, a city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.
The airport serves many cargo airlines as a convenient refueling stop for some aircraft on trans-polar routes.[dated info] FAI is served by a limited number of passenger airlines. Ravn Alaska and Alaska Airlines serve the airport year-round, while Delta Air Lines and recently United Airlines serve FAI during the summer. Fairbanks is the smallest city in the United States with non-stop service to Europe, as Condor Airlines offers weekly flights to Frankfurt during the summer tourist season.
On October 11, 2009, the airport constructed a new terminal and demolished the old terminal which was built in 1948. The new terminal is built around the modern TSA standards. In addition to architectural design and better security, the main terminal now has six jet-bridges (up from the former five). The 2,700m2 of custom unitised curtain wall was designed and supplied by Overgaard Ltd. Hong Kong. The special design incorporated double low-e triple glazing. The new building's footprint is smaller than the old building, and it no longer has the museum exhibits in the lobby.
The airport opened in 1951 and took over existing scheduled airline traffic to Fairbanks, which had previously used Ladd Air Force Base. Alaska Airlines used Fairbanks as its main hub in the 1950s, with service to Seattle and Portland as well as intrastate service to Anchorage, Nome and other destinations. By 1967, however, the airline shifted its Alaska hub to Anchorage; its Anchorage-Fairbanks service continues to this day. In the mid-1970s, following the development of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Alaska Airlines and Braniff International offered "interchange service" between Fairbanks and Houston via Anchorage, Seattle and Dallas. In 1982, following airline deregulation, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines began a similar interchange service using Boeing 727s.
Pan American World Airways had also served Fairbanks since 1932. The station was originally opened after the acquisition of Pacific International Airways and used for short-haul services to Juneau, Seattle, Ketchikan, Whitehorse and other destinations. Pan Am intended to use Fairbanks as a stop for service to Asia as early as 1931, but initial difficulty in negotiating landing rights with the Soviet Union, followed by the outbreak of World War II, delayed these plans until decades later. Pan Am service to Fairbanks continued through the opening of FAI until 1965, when the Civil Aeronautics Board terminated Pan Am's rights to serve Alaska.
Pan Am eventually used Fairbanks as a stopover for transpacific service from New York and Seattle to Tokyo starting in September 1969. In 1974, Pan Am agreed to transfer its Fairbanks-Seattle service to Western Airlines, and requested that the CAB allow its New York-Tokyo service to be suspended from April 1975. Other carriers such as Japan Airlines and Korean Air began to use Fairbanks as a technical stop for transpacific cargo flights in the late 1970s.
Facilities and aircraft
- Runway 2L/20R: 11,800 by 150 feet (3,597 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 2R/20L: 6,501 by 100 feet (1,981 x 30 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 2/20: 2,900 by 75 feet (884 x 23 m), Surface: Gravel/Ski Strip
- Runway 2W/20W: 5,400 by 100 feet (1,646 x 30 m), Surface: Water/Winter Ski Strip
For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2010, the airport had 133,267 aircraft operations, an average of 365 per day: 68% general aviation, 18% air taxi, 13% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. At that time there were 382 aircraft based at this airport: 83% single-engine, 17% multi-engine, and <1% helicopter.
The terminal building, situated on the southwest side of the airport, contains seven gates: two for commuter carriers and five for larger carriers.
Passenger airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Air North||Seasonal: Dawson City, Old Crow|
|Alaska Airlines||Anchorage, Barrow, Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Seattle/Tacoma|
operated by Horizon Air
|Delta Air Lines||Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
|Ravn Alaska||Anchorage, Barrow, Galena, Kotzebue, Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay|
|Everts Air||Arctic Village, Beaver, Eagle, Fort Yukon, Venetie|
|40-Mile Air||Delta, Healy Lake, Tok|
|Frontier Flying Service||Anchorage, Barter Island/Kaktovik, Fort Yukon, Galena, Kotzebue, Nome, Ruby, Tanana|
|Japan Airlines||Seasonal Charter: Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita|
|United Airlines||Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Denver|
|Warbelow's Air Ventures||Bettles, Central, Eagle, Fort Yukon, Rampart, Shungnak, Stevens Village, Tanana|
|Wright Air Service||Allakaket, Anaktuvuk Pass, Bettles, Birch Creek, Coldfoot, Fort Yukon, Tanana
Seasonal: Arctic Village
|1||Anchorage, AK||194,000||Alaska, Era Alaska|
|2||Seattle, WA||147,000||Alaska, Delta|
|3||Minneapolis/St Paul, MN||21,000||Delta|
|6||Galena, AK||8,000||Arctic Circle, Era Alaska|
|8||Deadhorse, AK||6,000||Alaska, Era Alaska, Frontier Flying|
|8||Fort Yukon, AK||6,000||Arctic Circle, Frontier Flying, Wright|
- Air Cargo Express
- Air Central Express
- Air North
- Alaska Central Express
- Everts Air Cargo
- FedEx Express
- 40-Mile Air
- Northern Air Cargo
- Servant Air
- Tanana Air Service
- Tatonduk Flying Service
- Wright Air Service
- Evert's Air Alaska
- Japan Airlines
- Larry's Flying Service
- TEMSCO Helicopters, Arctic Division
- Thomas Cook Airlines
- Warbelow's Air Ventures
Climate data recorded at Fairbanks International Airport in Fairbanks, Alaska:
|Climate data for Fairbanks International Airport, Fairbanks, Alaska|
|Record high °F (°C)||50
|Average high °F (°C)||1
|Average low °F (°C)||−17
|Record low °F (°C)||−66
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||0.58
Accidents and incidents
In September 2013 there were two incidents of vehicular trespass onto its taxiway and runways, by users unknowingly following Apple Map's errant directions to Fairbanks International Airport. No one were injured or any flights were delayed. The Airport has since complained to Apple Inc, through the local attorney office and erected barricades along the final stretch of the runway to prevent future occurrences.
- FAA Airport Master Record for FAI ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective August 25, 2011.
- International Transportation Fact Sheet, State of Alaska Governor's Office of International Trade
- 1953 route map
- 1967 route map
- 1975 route map
- 1969 advertisement; Pan Am route map, 1972; Pan Am route map, 1973
- "2011 Schedule and Prices". 40-Mile Air. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
- Summer 2014 Schedule, warbelows, http://www.warbelows.com/scheduledservice/
- "weather.com". Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- "Apple Maps flaw results in drivers crossing airport runway". BBC News. September 25, 2013.
- Fairbanks International Airport (official web site)
- FAI Terminal Area Development Project
- FAA Alaska airport map (GIF)
- FAA Alaska airport diagram (GIF)
- (PDF), effective April 30, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for Fairbanks International, effective April 30, 2015
- Resources for this airport: