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Alaska's Aviation System

Aviation is a vital component of Alaska's transportation system. Whether living in Anchorage or a small community in the Aleutians, air service is the lifeline that connects all Alaskans to other communities in the state, the Lower 48, and the world.  Alaska's airports serve the transportation needs of state residents, support the movement of materials and goods, contribute substantially to the economy, and enable delivery of critical medical services.  Over 700 facilities are registered in the State of Alaska, with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) owning and operating 239 facilities statewide.  Nearly 82% of Alaska communities are inaccessible by road, making aviation more than a convenience or a luxury - aviation is essential in the Alaskan way of life.

The Alaska Aviation System Plan

Alaska DOT&PF's mission is to provide for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across the state as well as delivery of essential services through the development, maintenance, operation, and management of Alaska's airport system.  A sensible and adaptable statewide aviation system plan that recognizes Alaska's dependence on aviation, unique operating environment, lack of basic infrastructure, financial constraints, and regional diversity is important.


To assist with the Department's mission, the Alaska DOT&PF Division of Statewide Aviation launched the Alaska Aviation System Plan (AASP). The AASP sets the vision for the Alaska aviation network by addressing Alaska's aviation infrastructure and policy needs. The plan will:

  • Identify airport improvements needed
  • Set priorities for funding
  • Propose aviation policy
  • Document the existing system with photos, maps, and data
  • Continuously support the system through special studies, updates, and reviews as the system evolves

The Alaska Aviation System Plan is guided by the FAA (AC No. 150/5070-7 The Airport System Planning Process) and is a key component of the DOT&PF's Statewide Transportation Plan.


  • Economy
    The aviation industry in Alaska supported almost 10% of 2007 statewide annual employment - nearly 47,000 jobs in 2007.
  • Economy
    Alaskan's fly 8 times as often as residents of Pacific Northwest and Northern Mountain states.
  • Economy
    At least 39 times more freight per capital travels through Alaska's airports than airports in comparable Pacific Northwest and Northern Mountain states.
  • Scale
    Anchorage is within nine hours by air to about 90 percent of the industrialized world.
  • Scale
    Alaska has a flight area of over 3 million square miles.
  • Scale
    Alaska has the largest aviation system in the U.S.
  • Alaska Geography
    Alaska – Distance north to south: 1,500 miles.
  • Aircraft Fleet & Activity
    Alaska has a fleet of 10,792 aircraft.