Skagway Airport, which serves the city of Skagway in Alaska, is a state-owned public-use airport. Under the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011-2015, the airport is categorised as a primary commercial service airport, with more than 10,000 enplanements per year. Skagway airport has a single asphalt surface runway designated 2/20 with a length of 3,550 feet or 1,082 metres.
The first-class borough of Skagway in Alaska is located on the Alaska Panhandle. Population in the city was at 920 in 2010, but during the summer tourist season, visitors to Skagway reached over 900,000.
Where to go
Flights from Skagway Airport only fly to domestic destinations Juneau and Haines. The city of Juneau is the capital of the US state of Alaska, located on the Gastineau Channel on the Alaska Panhandle. The city is home to some of the national protected areas such as the Tongass National Forest, where the Admiralty Island National Monument, Kootznoowoo Wilderness, and Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness are found.
Haines is located in the northern part of the Alaska Panhandle, near Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve. Haines is more interesting to visit during October to January, when the bald eagles appear annually in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. During this period, Haines sets the record of having the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world. There are also year-round outdoor activities in Haines, which include rafting in the Chilkat River and hiking in the Takshanuk Mountains, Mount Ripinski in particular. Winter activities are enjoyed at and around Chilkat Pass. Haines has also gained popularity as a site for heli-skiing.
Skagway Airport does not operate short-haul international flights out of Skagway, Alaska. The nearest international airport would be Fairbanks International Airport, located in the city of Fairbanks in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
As well, Skagway Airport also does not have long-haul international flights. If travellers wish to fly out of Skagway to other parts of the country and internationally, they can head to Fairbanks International Airport, 700 miles from Skagway.
How to get out
Skagway Airport is served by Air Excursions and Wings of Alaska (operated by SeaPort Airlines), which fly to Juneau and Haines in Alaska. For other destinations within and outside of the country, the nearest international airport from Skagway is Fairbanks International Airport. Travellers can also exit Skagway via the Klondike Highway, which connects to the lower 48, Whitehorse, the Yukon, northern British Columbia, and the Alaska Highway.
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