Valdez Airport

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Valdez Airport
Pioneer Field
Alaska pipeline route near Valdez River.jpg
Valdez Airport, left background, as seen in an aerial photo taken 1974
Airport type Public
Operator State of Alaska DOT&PF - Northern Region
Serves Valdez, Alaska
Elevation AMSL 121 ft / 37 m
Coordinates 61°08′02″N 146°14′54″W / 61.13389°N 146.24833°W / 61.13389; -146.24833
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 13,000
Based aircraft 31

Valdez Airport (IATA: VDZICAO: PAVDFAA LID: VDZ),[2] also known as Pioneer Field, is a state-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) east of the central business district of Valdez, a city in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska.[1]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Valdez Airport covers an area of 140 acres (57 ha) at an elevation of 121 feet (37 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 6/24 which measures 6,500 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2008, the airport had 13,000 aircraft operations, an average of 35 per day: 50% air taxi, 42% general aviation and 8% military. At that time there were 31 aircraft based at this airport: 65% single-engine, 3% jet, 23% helicopter and 10% ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ravn Alaska Anchorage

Historically, the airport had scheduled passenger jet service provided by Alaska Airlines during the mid 1970s. The Alaska Airlines system timetable dated February 1, 1975 lists a Boeing 727-100 flight nonstop to Anchorage. Era Aviation served the airport during the 1980s with Convair 580 and de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprops. Ravn Alaska, the current air carrier serving Valdez, operates turboprop aircraft.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for VDZ (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-06-05
  2. ^ Great Circle Mapper: VDZ/PAVD - Valdez, Alaska

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