Kodiak Airport

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Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport
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IATA: ADQICAO: PADQFAA LID: ADQ
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Owner State of Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region
Serves Kodiak, Alaska
Elevation AMSL 80 ft / 24 m
Coordinates 57°44′59″N 152°29′38″W / 57.74972°N 152.49389°W / 57.74972; -152.49389Coordinates: 57°44′59″N 152°29′38″W / 57.74972°N 152.49389°W / 57.74972; -152.49389
Maps
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
ADQ is located in Alaska
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Location of airport in Alaska
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7/25 7,533 2,296 Asphalt
11/29 5,400 1,646 Asphalt
18/36 5,010 1,527 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 40,949
Based aircraft 55

Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport (IATA: ADQICAO: PADQFAA LID: ADQ) is a public and military use airport located four nautical miles (5 mi, 7 km) southwest of the central business district of Kodiak,[1] a city on Kodiak Island in the U.S. state of Alaska. The airport is state-owned and operated by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF).[1] It is home to the co-located Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak and a hub for Servant Air. On April 11, 2013, the Alaska State Legislature passed SB31,[2] which renamed the facility "Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport," in honor of the designer of the Alaska Flag.

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 82,057 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 78,375 enplanements in 2009, and 80,303 in 2010.[5]

History[edit]

A De Haviland Beaver, part of the Andrew's Airways fleet dropping off tourists at a remote lodge on Raspberry Island (Alaska)

The airport is on the site of the former Naval Air Station Kodiak which was commissioned in 1941. NAS Kodiak was closed and placed in caretaker status in 1950, with the exception of runways and other facilities used by or conveyed to the U.S. Coast Guard.[6]

In 1947, a Coast Guard Air Detachment was commissioned at NAS Kodiak, which was formally named Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak in 1964. In 1971, the U.S. Navy turned all airport runways and all remaining areas in caretaker status to the north over to the State of Alaska. CGAS Kodiak remains in operation at this location with four HC-130 Hercules, five HH-60J Jayhawk and five HH-65C Dolphin aircraft.[7][8][9]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Teenage tourists filleting fish at a lodge on Raspberry Island. The fish is immediately vacuum packed and frozen then put into coolers and checked on as baggage at Kodiak Airport upon departure. Almost all air travellers leaving Kodiak airport have several coolers containing frozen fish they caught themselves and both Kodiak and Anchorage airports have freezers to keep these traveller's fish frozen in case of delay.

Kodiak Airport has three asphalt-paved runways: 7/25 measures 7,533 by 150 feet (2,296 x 46 m), 11/29 is 5,400 by 150 feet (1,646 x 46 m), and 18/36 is 5,010 by 150 feet (1,527 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending September 4, 2009, the airport had 40,949 aircraft operations, an average of 112 per day: 51% air taxi, 39% military, 6% scheduled commercial, and 4% general aviation. At that time there were 55 aircraft based at this airport: 45.5% single-engine, 14.5% multi-engine, 14.5% helicopter, and 25.5% military.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines with scheduled passenger service to non-stop destinations:

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines Anchorage
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Seasonal: Anchorage
Island Air Service Akhiok, Alitak, Amook, Karluk, Kitoi, Larsen Bay, Moser Bay, Old Harbor, Olga Bay, Ouzinkie, Port Bailey, Port Lions, Port Williams, Seal Bay, Uganik, West Point, Zachar Bay
Seasonal: Homer
Ravn Alaska Anchorage
Servant Air Akhiok, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, Port Lions

Historical airline service[edit]

According to various editions of the North American Official Airline Guide (OAG) in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Kodiak was previously served by several airlines that operated jet service into the airport. These air carriers included Western Airlines with Boeing 720Bs; Alaska Airlines, MarkAir and Wien Air Alaska with all three carriers operating Boeing 737-200s nonstop to Anchorage and AirPac flying a British Aerospace BAe 146-100 jetliner. Currently, the only airline operating jet service into Kodiak is Alaska Airlines with Boeing 737-400s. MarkAir also operated Boeing 737-400 jetliners into the airport and in 1994 was flying direct, no change of plane service with this aircraft type to Kodiak from the New York City area, Chicago, Denver and Seattle.[10] MarkAir flight 401 departed New York Newark Airport (EWR) daily at 6:00am, made intermediate stops at Chicago Midway Airport (MDW), Denver (DEN), Seattle (SEA) and Anchorage (ANC), and then arrived in Kodiak at 3:55pm.

Kodiak also previously had nonstop service to Seattle. From the late 1950s to the mid 1960s, Pacific Northern Airlines operated Lockheed Constellation propliners nonstop to Seattle and also direct to Anchorage as well via intermediate stops at Homer and Kenai.[11] Pacific Northern was then acquired by and merged into Western Airlines which continued to operate nonstop service between Kodiak and Seattle, first with the former Pacific Northern Constellation aircraft during the late 1960s (with Western also flying the Constellation direct to Anchorage at this time via a stop in Homer or stops in Homer and Kenai) and then with Boeing 720B jetliners during the early 1970s.[12][13] Western subsequently ceased all service into Kodiak. By the late 1970s, Wien Air Alaska was flying nonstop Boeing 737-200 jet service to Seattle.[14] In 1994, Alaska Airlines was operating daily one stop service to Kodiak from Seattle via Anchorage with a Boeing 737-400 jetliner with this flight also providing direct, no change of plane service from Phoenix (PHX) and Portland, OR. (PDX).[10]

Statistics[edit]

Carrier shares: January 2012 – December 2012[15]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Era Aviation
68,650(46.3%)
Alaska
62,850(42.4%)
Island
12,140(8.2%)
Servant
4,690(3.2%)
Top domestic destinations: January 2012 – December 2012[15]
Rank City Airport Passengers
1 Anchorage, AK Ted Stevens Anchorage International (ANC) 65,430
2 Larsen Bay, AK Larsen Bay (KLN) 2,090
3 Old Harbor, AK Old Harbor (OLH) 1,880
4 Ouzinkie, AK Ouzinkie (KOZ) 1,490
5 Port Lions, AK Port Lions (ORI) 1,310
6 Akhiok, AK Akhiok (AKK) 580
7 Kenai, AK Kenai Municipal (ENA) 420
8 Homer, AK Homer (HOM) 340
9 Karluk, AK Karluk (KYK) 310
10 Naknek, AK Naknek (NNK) 90

Charters and tours[edit]

Charters are generally available to the Kodiak archipelago and Katmai coast.

  • Andrews Airways
  • Island Air Service
  • Servant Air

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for ADQ (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective August 25, 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?bill=SB%20%2031
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "NAS Kodiak, Alaska". VPNAVY.org. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak". U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "CGAS Kodiak, Alaska article" (PDF). U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Association. 2002. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Kodiak USCG Base". Kodiak Military History Museum. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  10. ^ a b Sept. 15, 1994 edition, North American Official Airline Guide (OAG), Kodiak schedules
  11. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Oct. 1, 1959 & Oct. 1, 1965 Pacific Northern Airlines system timetables
  12. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com,Aug. 1, 1968 Western Airlines system timetable
  13. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Oct. 27, 1973 Western Airlines system timetable
  14. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, June 15, 1979 Wien Air Alaska system timetable
  15. ^ a b "Kodiak, AK: Kodiak Airport (ADQ)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 

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