Bethel Airport

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Bethel Airport
Airport type Public
Owner State of Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region
Serves Bethel, Alaska
Elevation AMSL 129 ft / 39 m
Coordinates 60°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 (2011)
Aircraft operations 122,000
Based aircraft 232

Bethel Airport (IATA: BETICAO: PABEFAA 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 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.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines Anchorage
Grant Aviation Tununak
Ravn 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 [6]
Yute Air Aniak, Chefornak, Eek, Goodnews Bay, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, Newtok, Nightmute, Platinum, Quinhagak, Toksook Bay, Tuntutuliak, Tununak[7]

Top destinations[edit]

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of BET
(July 2010 - June 2011) [8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Alaska Anchorage, AK 57,000 Alaska, Era Alaska
2 Alaska Emmonak, AK 5,000 Hageland
3 Alaska Quinhagak, AK 4,000 Hageland
4 Alaska Chevak, AK 4,000 Aero Flight
5 Alaska Kipnuk, AK 4,000 Aero Flight, Hageland
6 Alaska Hooper Bay, AK 4,000 Aero Flight
7 Alaska Kongiganak, AK 3,000 Aero Flight
8 Alaska Toksook Bay, AK 3,000 Hageland
9 Alaska Kasigluk, AK 3,000 Flight Alaska
10 Alaska Mountain Village, AK 3,000

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 May 31, 2012.
  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, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  6. ^ Era Alaska Timetable (PDF). Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  7. ^
  8. ^,%20AK:%20Bethel%20Airport&carrier=FACTS

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