Cold Bay Airport

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Cold Bay Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner State of Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region
Serves Cold Bay, Alaska
Elevation  AMSL 101 ft / 31 m
Coordinates 55°12′19″N162°43′28″W / 55.20528°N 162.72444°W / 55.20528; -162.72444 Coordinates: 55°12′19″N162°43′28″W / 55.20528°N 162.72444°W / 55.20528; -162.72444
Map
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CDB
Location of airport in Alaska
Runways
Direction LengthSurface
ftm
15/3310,1803,103Asphalt
8/264,9001,494Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations9,090
Based aircraft0
Passengers14,479
Freight3,017,000 lbs
The airfield at Cold Bay, 1942, later named Fort Randall AAF, then Thornbrough Field Fort Randall Army Airfield 1942.jpg
The airfield at Cold Bay, 1942, later named Fort Randall AAF, then Thornbrough Field

Cold Bay Airport( IATA : CDB, ICAO : PACD, FAA LID : CDB) is a state owned, public use airport located in Cold Bay, [1] a city in the Aleutians East Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. First built as a United States Army Air Forces airfield during World War II, it is one of the main airports serving the Alaska Peninsula. Scheduled passenger service is available and air taxi operators fly in and out of the airport daily. Formerly, the airport operated as Thornbrough Air Force Base.

Contents

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the airport had 9,105 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, [2] 8,968 enplanements in 2009, and 9,261 in 2010. [3] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a "non-primary commercial service" airport, meaning it has between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year. [4]

Cold Bay's main runway is the fifth-largest in Alaska and was built during World War II. Today, it is used for scheduled cargo flights by Alaska Central Express and is sometimes used as an emergency diversion airport for passenger flights crossing the Pacific Ocean. [5] [6]

A myth describes Cold Bay Airport as an alternate landing site for Space Shuttles, [7] but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has stated that it was never so designated, and it was not within the entry crossrange capability of Space Shuttles.

There is a National Weather Service (NWS) office (which sends up radiosonde balloons twice a day) colocated with the FAA Flight Service Station at the airport. The NWS ranks Cold Bay as the cloudiest city in the United States. [8]

History

The airport was constructed during World War II as Fort Randall Army Airfield, eventually becoming an Air Force base during the Cold War.

Facilities and aircraft

Cold Bay Airport covers 2,213 acres (896 ha) and has two asphalt paved runways: 15/33 is 10,180 by 150 feet (3,174 x 46 m) and 8/26 is 4,900 by 150 feet (1,494 x 46 m). For the 12-month period ending October 30, 2017, the airport had 9,090 aircraft operations, an average of 25 per day: 63% air taxi, 30% scheduled commercial, 5% military, and 2% general aviation. [1]

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:

AirlinesDestinations
Grant Aviation False Pass, King Cove, Nelson Lagoon, St. George, Sand Point, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor [9]
Ravn Alaska Anchorage, Sand Point [10]
Passengers boarding a Boeing 767 to complete their flight to Portland after their flight was diverted due to an engine issue with the first aircraft Boarding in Cold Bay (32336247012).jpg
Passengers boarding a Boeing 767 to complete their flight to Portland after their flight was diverted due to an engine issue with the first aircraft

Historical airline service

Reeve Aleutian Airways (RAA) served Cold Bay with scheduled passenger flights for many years. During the 1970s and 1980s, Reeve was operating nonstop flights to Anchorage (ANC) with Lockheed L-188 Electra and NAMC YS-11 turboprop aircraft. [11] Reeve was also operating Electra propjet service nonstop to Seattle (SEA) on a three flights per week schedule in 1979. [12] By 1989, the airline had introduced nonstop jet service to Anchorage operated with Boeing 727-100 combi aircraft which were capable of transporting both passengers and freight on the main deck of the aircraft in addition to continuing to operate nonstop Electra service to Anchorage as well. [13] Reeve was continuing to operate 727 jet service nonstop to Anchorage during the late 1990s before ceasing all flight operations in 2000. [14] From 2020 until the summer of 2021, Alaska Airlines flights to and from Adak would stop in Cold Bay to assist passengers with the shutdown of commuter flights from Anchorage to Cold Bay and Unalaska.

Statistics

Carrier shares: January – December 2016 [15]
Carrier  Passengers (arriving and departing)
PenAir
10,020(69.05%)
Grant
4,490(30.95%)
Top domestic destinations: January – December 2016 [15]
RankCityAirportPassengers
1 Flag of Alaska.svg Anchorage, AK Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport 4,870
2 Flag of Alaska.svg King Cove, AK King Cove Airport 1,640
3 Flag of Alaska.svg False Pass, AK False Pass Airport 330
4 Flag of Alaska.svg Nelson Lagoon, AK Nelson Lagoon Airport 230
5 Flag of Alaska.svg Port Moller, AK Port Moller Airport 200

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References

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