Ketchikan International Airport

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Ketchikan International Airport
KTN-b.jpg
IATA: KTNICAO: PAKTFAA LID: KTN
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerState of Alaska DOT&PF - Southeastern Region
ServesKetchikan, Alaska
Elevation AMSL89 ft / 27 m
Coordinates55°21′15″N 131°42′40″W / 55.35417°N 131.71111°W / 55.35417; -131.71111Coordinates: 55°21′15″N 131°42′40″W / 55.35417°N 131.71111°W / 55.35417; -131.71111
Map
KTN is located in Alaska
KTN
KTN
Location of airport in Alaska
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
11/297,5002,286Asphalt
WNW/ESE9,5002,896Water
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations15,959
Based aircraft5
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
 
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Ketchikan International Airport
KTN-b.jpg
IATA: KTNICAO: PAKTFAA LID: KTN
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerState of Alaska DOT&PF - Southeastern Region
ServesKetchikan, Alaska
Elevation AMSL89 ft / 27 m
Coordinates55°21′15″N 131°42′40″W / 55.35417°N 131.71111°W / 55.35417; -131.71111Coordinates: 55°21′15″N 131°42′40″W / 55.35417°N 131.71111°W / 55.35417; -131.71111
Map
KTN is located in Alaska
KTN
KTN
Location of airport in Alaska
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
11/297,5002,286Asphalt
WNW/ESE9,5002,896Water
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations15,959
Based aircraft5
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
The airport terminal

Ketchikan International Airport (IATA: KTNICAO: PAKTFAA LID: KTN) is a state-owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) west of the central business district of Ketchikan, a city in Ketchikan Gateway Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska.[1] The airport is located on Gravina Island, just west of Ketchikan on the other side of the Tongass Narrows. Passengers must take a seven-minute[2] ferry ride across the water to get to the airport from the town.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 108,837 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 96,996 enplanements in 2009, and 100,138 in 2010.[4] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[5]

History[edit]

Around the World War II era, air service to Ketchikan was possible using an old military airfield on Annette Island. Aircraft used in that era included the Grumman Goose and Catalina PBY. The current airport was opened on August 4, 1973 and dedicated the following day. The airport opening was the culmination of an effort by local residents, a 1965 study by the Alaska State Division of Aviation, another study in 1967 choosing the current site on Gravina Island, and land clearing in 1969.[6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Ketchikan International Airport covers an area of 2,600 acres (1,052 ha) at an elevation of 89 feet (27 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 11/29 which measures 7,500 by 150 feet (2,286 x 46 m). It also has a seaplane landing area designated WNW/ESE with a water surface measuring 9,500 by 1,500 feet (2,896 x 457 m).[1]

In 2004, a new taxiway "Bravo" was added to facilitate taxiing to the end of the frequently used runway 11 (the runway is located about 30 feet (9.1 m) higher than the apron further up the hillside, requiring long, gently sloped taxiways to either end). Before that taxiway, some smaller planes were allowed to use taxiway "Alpha" to take off and land because it was not worthwhile to backtaxi on the actual runway. In addition this allows the airport's system of taxiways to be used by more than one plane at once. More recently the airport is applying to construct another runway on a different heading which is better suited to handle the infamous crosswinds, sometimes up to 90 knots (170 km/h). These winds have been known to blow approaching planes out across Tongass Narrows in certain conditions.

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2011, the airport had 15,959 aircraft operations, an average of 43 per day: 61% air taxi, 33% scheduled commercial, 5% general aviation, and 1% military. At that time there were five aircraft based at this airport: 60% single-engine, 20% multi-engine, and 20% jet.[1]

Ketchikan International Airport Ferry[edit]

Because the international airport is on a sparsely populated island separated from Ketchikan, a ferry connects the airport to the city.[7] The ferry alternately leaves Gravina Island or Revillagigedo Island every fifteen minutes and crosses Tongass Narrows with passengers and freight. The attempt to replace this ferry with a bridge became the object of national attention in 2005 that labeled the bridge the "bridge to nowhere". The ferry is one of three ferries that services Ketchikan daily.[8]

Proposed road access[edit]

There is no road access between Ketchikan and the airport. A bridge, sometimes referred to as the "bridge to nowhere", was proposed costing an estimated $398 million. After protracted attention to the high cost of the bridge, the U.S. federal government changed its original decision to fund the bridge in 2007. The money was transferred to the state of Alaska to determine the use of the funds.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

AirlinesDestinations
Alaska AirlinesJuneau, Seattle/Tacoma, Sitka, Wrangell
Pacific AirwaysCraig, Hollis, Metlakatla, Thorne Bay
Promech Air[10]Craig, Hollis, Metlakatla, Thorne Bay[11]
Taquan AirCoffman Cove, Craig, Dora/Cholmondely Sound, Edna Bay, Hydaburg, Hyder, Metlakatla, Mosier/Deep Bay, Naukati, Point Baker, Port Protection, Thorne Bay, Whale Pass[12]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes out of KTN
(July 2010 - June 2011) [13]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Washington (state) Seattle, WA61,000Alaska
2Alaska Juneau, AK16,000Alaska
3Alaska Anchorage, AK13,000Alaska
4Alaska Sitka, AK4,000Alaska
5Alaska Wrangell, AK2,000Alaska
6Alaska Petersburg, AK2,000Alaska
7Alaska Craig, AK1,000Pacific, Taquan

Cargo airlines[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AmeriflightSeattle-Boeing, Vancouver
Alaska Central Express (ACE Air Cargo)Anchorage, Juneau, Wrangell, Petersburg

Charter and flightseeing[edit]

Incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for KTN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ Taxpayers for Common Sense (August 22, 2005). $315 Million Bridge to Nowhere (PDF). Retrieved November 6, 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ketchikan International Airport History". Borough.ketchikan.ak.us. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.borough.ketchikan.ak.us/airport/airport_ferry.htm Ketchikan Gateway Borough
  8. ^ http://www.ketchikanalaska.com/ferryservices.html Ketchikan Alaska Ferry Services
  9. ^ "Alaska ends plan for 'Bridge to Nowhere'". MSNBC. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  10. ^ "Ketchikan Alaska Plane Tours: Promech Air AK Flightseeing Floatplanes Misty Fjords Area Airplanes Charters Taxi Carrier Services Guided Family Fun Sightseeing Adventures Attractions Aerial Excursions Activities". Promechair.com. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  11. ^ "Scheduled Flights". Promech Air. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  12. ^ "Current Flights". Taquan Air. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  13. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=KTN&Airport_Name=Ketchikan,%20AK:%20Ketchikan%20International&carrier=FACTS
  14. ^ http://dms.ntsb.gov/aviation/GenPDF.aspx?id=ANC06FA018&rpt=fi

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