|Owner||State of Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region|
|Elevation AMSL||129 ft / 39 m|
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 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.
Facilities and aircraft
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.
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.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|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|
|9||Chefornak, AK||3,270||Grant, Hageland, Yute Air|
|10||Kongiganak, AK||3,130||Hageland, Yute Air|
|Alaska Central Express||Anchorage|
|Everts Air Cargo||Anchorage|
|Lynden Air Cargo||Anchorage|
|Northern Air Cargo||Anchorage|
- 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 January 5, 2017.
- "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). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
- "Schedule". (retrieved January 9, 2017)
- "Destinations". (retrieved January 9, 2017)
- "Flight Information". Archived from the original on 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2017-01-09. (retrieved January 9, 2017)
- "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.
- Topographic map from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective August 15, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for BET, effective August 15, 2019
- Resources for this airport: