Deadhorse Airport

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Deadhorse Airport

Prudhoe Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerState of Alaska DOT&PF - Northern Region
LocationDeadhorse, Alaska
Elevation AMSL64 ft / 20 m
Coordinates70°11′41″N 148°27′55″W / 70.19472°N 148.46528°W / 70.19472; -148.46528
PASC is located in Alaska
Location of Deadhorse Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations32,912
Based Aircraft10
Freight32,000,000 lbs
Diagram of Deadhorse Airport. US FAA image. Not to be used for navigational purposes

Deadhorse Airport (IATA: SCC, ICAO: PASC, FAA LID: SCC) is a public airport located in Deadhorse on the North Slope of Alaska. It can be accessed from Fairbanks via the Elliott and Dalton highways. It is near Prudhoe Bay and is sometimes also called Prudhoe Airport.

SCC Deadhorse-Prudhoe Bay airport from a 737 aircraft

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Deadhorse Airport covers 6,506 acres (2,633 ha) and has one 6,500 x 150 ft. (1,981 x 46 m) paved runway (5/23).[1]

Deadhorse Airport, on average has 10 aircraft on the field, three single engine aircraft, two double engine aircraft and 5 helicopters.

For the 12-month period ending August 22, 2008, the airport had 19,710 aircraft operations, averaging 54 per day: 54% general aviation, 28% air taxi, 18% scheduled commercial and 1% military.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Alaska Airlines Anchorage, Fairbanks, Utqiagvik
Ravn Alaska Anchorage, Barter Island/Kaktovik, Fairbanks, Nuiqsut

The Airport first opened in April 1970, and does not have a control tower. The elevation of the airport is 67.4 ft (20.5m).

Historical air service[edit]

Wien Air Alaska began serving the airport during the early 1970s with Boeing 737-200 jet service operated nonstop to both Anchorage and Fairbanks.[2] By 1984, Wien was operating direct, no change of plane 737 service to the lower 48 states in the U.S. on a daily basis with a routing of Prudhoe Bay - Fairbanks - Anchorage - Seattle - Oakland - Phoenix.[3] Western Airlines briefly served Prudhoe Bay during the early 1980s with nonstop jet service to Anchorage and was the only major U.S. air carrier at the time to directly serve the airport.[4] Alaska Airlines began serving Prudhoe Bay in December of 1981 with Boeing 737-200 service to Anchorage and Fairbanks.[5] In 1982, Alaska Airlines was operating a multi-stop 737 service on a routing of Prudhoe Bay - Anchorage - Cordova, AK - Yakutat, AK - Juneau - Sitka, AK - Seattle.[6] Also in 1982, Alaska Airlines and Continental Airlines were cooperating with daily no change of plane interchange jet service from the lower 48 states flying a routing of Tulsa - Wichita - Denver - Portland, OR - Anchorage - Fairbanks - Prudhoe Bay.[7] By 1985, MarkAir was operating nonstop Boeing 737-200 service to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Barrow, AK.[8]


Carrier shares: January – December 2016[9]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Top domestic destinations: January – December 2016[9]
Rank City Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Alaska Anchorage, AK Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport 32,820 Alaska, Ravn Alaska
2 Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks International Airport 3,990 Alaska, Ravn Connect
3 Alaska Utqiagvik, AK Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport 2,210 Alaska
4 Alaska Kaktovik, AK Barter Island LRRS Airport 1,490 Ravn Connect
5 Alaska Nuiqsut, AK Nuiqsut Airport 1,310 Ravn Connect


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for SCC (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2017-05-05
  2. ^, June 1, 1974 Wien Air Alaska timetable
  3. ^, Sept. 1, 1984 Wien Airlines system timetable
  4. ^, Jan. 1, 1982 Western Airlines route map
  5. ^, Alaska Airlines 1981 Annual Report
  6. ^, Sept. 7, 1982 Alaska Airlines system timetable
  7. ^, June 1, 1982 Continental Airlines/Texas International Airlines system timetable
  8. ^, Oct. 15, 1985 MarkAir route map
  9. ^ a b "Deadhorse, AK: Deadhorse (SCC)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2016. Retrieved May 5, 2017.

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