Port Moller Airport

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Port Moller Airport

Port Moller Air Force Station
Airport typePrivate
OwnerU.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
ServesPort Moller
Location87 NM northeast of Cold Bay, Alaska
Elevation AMSL20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates56°00′22″N 160°33′39″W / 56.00611°N 160.56083°W / 56.00611; -160.56083Coordinates: 56°00′22″N 160°33′39″W / 56.00611°N 160.56083°W / 56.00611; -160.56083
PAAL is located in Alaska
Location of Port Moller Air Force Station
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 3,500 1,067 Gravel
Enplanements (2008)487

Port Moller Airport (IATA: PML, ICAO: PAAL, FAA LID: 1AK3) is a publicly owned, private-use airport located 87 nautical miles (161 km; 100 mi) northeast of the central business district of Cold Bay, in the Aleutians East Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.[1] It was previously known as Port Moller Air Force Station.[3]


Scheduled airline service to Cold Bay Airport is provided by Peninsula Airways (PenAir).[4] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, this airport had 487 commercial passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, an increase of 14% from the 427 enplanements in 2007.[2]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned 1AK3 by the FAA and PML by the IATA.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Grant Aviation Cold Bay, Nelson Lagoon
Seasonal: King Salmon


The airport covers an area of 369 acres (149 ha) at an elevation of 20 feet (6 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 1/19 with a gravel surface measuring 3,500 by 100 feet (1,067 x 30 m).[1]


The airport was built in 1958 to support Port Moller Air Force Station, a Cold War United States Air Force Distant Early Warning Line radar station. The station was operated by Detachment 4, 714th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron based at Cold Bay Air Force Station, near Cold Bay, Alaska. The radar station was deactivated in September 1969, ending military use of the airport. The Air Force remediated the site around 2000, removing all abandoned military structures and returning the site to a natural condition.


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for 1AK3 (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective 27 Aug 2009.
  2. ^ a b CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data (Preliminary). Federal Aviation Administration. Published 15 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Port Moller Air Force Station". FAA data republished by AirNav. 22 Mar 2001. Archived from the original on 26 April 2001.
  4. ^ 2009 Timetables Archived 2008-12-22 at the Wayback Machine. Peninsula Airways. Retrieved 6 Sep 2009.
  5. ^ Great Circle Mapper: PML - Port Moller, Alaska. Retrieved 6 Sep 2009.

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