Nanwalek Airport

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Nanwalek Airport
(formerly English Bay Airport)
Airport typePublic
OwnerState of Alaska DOT&PF – Central Region
LocationNanwalek, Alaska
(formerly English Bay)
Elevation AMSL27 ft / 8 m
Coordinates59°21′08″N 151°55′31″W / 59.35222°N 151.92528°W / 59.35222; -151.92528
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 1,850 564 Gravel
Statistics (2002)
Aircraft operations3,100

Nanwalek Airport (IATA: KEB, FAA LID: KEB) is a state-owned public-use airport located in Nanwalek (formerly English Bay), an unincorporated community in the Kenai Peninsula Borough of the US state of Alaska. It was formerly known as English Bay Airport.[1]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Nanwalek Airport covers an area of 14 acres (5.7 ha) which contains one gravel runway (1/19) measuring 1,850 x 50 ft (564 x 15 m).[1]

For 12-month period ending December 31, 2002, the airport had 3,100 aircraft operations, an average of 8 per day: 97% air taxi and 3% general aviation.[1]

Airlines and non-stop destinations[edit]

Smokey Bay Air Port Graham - Seldovia

This airport is considered the shortest runway in the USA used by US commuter airlines. The runway is 1850 feet, however the Department of Transportation has closed the first 1000 feet of Runway 19 making the usable runway only 850 feet.


A Cessna 206 belonging to Smokey Bay Air crashed near Nanwalek Airport on takeoff on December 15, 2011. The plane crashed into the sea about 100 ft (30 m) from the shore, and the four persons who had been on board swam to the shore. The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.[2]


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