Bethel Airport

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Bethel Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerState of Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region
ServesBethel, Alaska
Hub forPassenger
Elevation AMSL129 ft / 39 m
Coordinates60°46′43″N 161°50′14″W / 60.77861°N 161.83722°W / 60.77861; -161.83722Coordinates: 60°46′43″N 161°50′14″W / 60.77861°N 161.83722°W / 60.77861; -161.83722
BET is located in Alaska
Location of airport in Alaska
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1L/19R 6,400 1,951 Asphalt
1R/19L 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
12/30 1,858 566 Asphalt/Gravel
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft Operations122,000
Based Aircraft112
Freight63,815,000 lbs

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.[1]

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 140,291 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 134,848 enplanements in 2009, and 144,353 in 2010.[3] 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).[4]


Construction began September 21, 1941, and the airfield was activated July 4, 1942; it was 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 the mid-1950s. Full jurisdiction was turned over to Alaska Government in 1958.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Bethel Airport covers an area of 1,056 acres (427 ha) at an elevation of 129 feet (39 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 1,858 by 75 feet (566 x 23 m) with an asphalt/gravel surface.[1]

For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2018, 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 112 aircraft based at this airport: 86% single-engine, 6% multi-engine, 6% helicopter, and 2% military.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Alaska Airlines Anchorage
Grant Aviation Chefornak, Chevak, Emmonak, Kipnuk, Kotlik, Kwigillingok, Newtok, Scammon Bay, Toksook Bay, Tununak [6]
Ravn Alaska Akiachak, Akiak, Anchorage, Aniak, Atmautluak, Chefornak, Chevak, Eek, Goodnews Bay, Hooper Bay, Kalskag, Kasigluk, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwethluk, Kwigillingok, Marshall, Mekoryuk, Mountain Village, Newtok, Nightmute, Nunapitchuk, Pilot Station, Platinum, Quinhagak, Russian Mission, St. Mary's, Scammon Bay, Toksook Bay, Tuluksak, Tuntutuliak Tununak[7]
Yute Air Akiachak, Akiak, Atmautluak, Chefornak, Eek, Goodnews Bay, Kasigluk, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, Kwethluk, Marshall, Napakiak, Napaskiak, Newtok, Nightmute, Nunapitchuk, Pilot Station, Platinum, Quinhagak, Toksook Bay, Tuluksak, Tuntutuliak, Tununak[8]


Carrier shares: (Dec 2015 - Nov 2016)[9]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Yute Air

Top domestic destinations: (Dec 2015 - Nov 2016)[9]

Top destinations[edit]

Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Anchorage, AK 66,470 Alaska, Corvus
2 Quinhagak, AK 6,620 Hageland, Yute Air
3 Kipnuk, AK 4,600 Grant, Hageland, Yute Air
4 Chevak, AK 4,550 Grant, Hageland
5 Hooper Bay, AK 4,080 Hageland
6 Toksook Bay, AK 3,450 Grant, Hageland, Yute Air
7 Kasigluk, AK 3,410 Hageland, Yute Air
8 Emmonak, AK 3,340 Grant
9 Chefornak, AK 3,270 Grant, Hageland, Yute Air
10 Kongiganak, AK 3,130 Hageland, Yute Air

Cargo airlines[edit]

Airline Destination
Alaska Central Express Anchorage
Everts Air Cargo Anchorage
Lynden Air Cargo Anchorage
Northern Air Cargo Anchorage


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BET (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective January 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27.
  5. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website
  6. ^ "Schedule". (retrieved January 9, 2017)
  7. ^ "Destinations". (retrieved January 9, 2017)
  8. ^ "Flight Information". Archived from the original on 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2017-01-09. (retrieved January 9, 2017)
  9. ^ a b "Bethel, AK: Bethel (BET)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2015. Retrieved March 1, 2017.

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