Skagway Airport

Federal Aviation Administration Runway Location identifier
Skagway Airport
SGY-Skagway Airport Runway 2.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorState of Alaska DOT&PF - Southeast Region
ServesSkagway, Alaska
Elevation AMSL44 ft / 13 m
Coordinates59°27′36″N 135°18′56″W / 59.46000°N 135.31556°W / 59.46000; -135.31556Coordinates: 59°27′36″N 135°18′56″W / 59.46000°N 135.31556°W / 59.46000; -135.31556
Map
SGY is located in Alaska
SGY
SGY
Location of airport in Alaska
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 3,550 1,082 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations12,500

Skagway Airport (IATA: SGY, ICAO: PAGY, FAA LID: SGY) is a state-owned public-use airport in the city of Skagway, Alaska.[1]

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2015-2019, which categorized it as a nonprimary commercial service airport based on 7,532 enplanements in 2012.[2] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 10,727 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 6,468 enplanements in 2009, and 8,531 in 2010.[4]

Facilities and aircraft

Terminal building
Apron view

Skagway Airport has one runway designated 2/20 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,550 by 75 feet (1,082 x 23 m).[1] For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2006, the airport had 12,500 aircraft operations, an average of 34 per day: 86% air taxi and 14% general aviation.[1]

The airport does not have a tower, but does have a small passenger building at the south end. Skagway is known as a very windy place. In the summer the wind generally blows from the south and can be quite strong and gusty. In the winter the wind turns around and blows from the north. The airport is situated in a north-south direction and against the west side of the valley next to the Skagway River. There have been a number of fatal accidents over the past decades, generally by privately owned aircraft owners who did not understand the tight constraints of the path of landings and takeoffs. It is wise to talk to an experienced pilot from one of the airlines to understand the issues.

There have been landings at this airport by small jet aircraft, but rarely. At the south end, in the summer, there is a commercial helicopter tourist company that flies multiple craft throughout the day. Rarely, seaplanes have landed in the ocean and taxied to the small boat harbor, but a new wave-wall that was constructed a few years ago makes that option more difficult. Also, the wind can make the ocean very choppy at times.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:

AirlinesDestinations
Alaska Seaplanes Juneau[5]

Statistics

Airline market share

Carrier shares for 2015[6]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
SeaPort Airlines
9,920(59.8%)
Kalinin Aviation LLC dba Alaska Seaplanes
6,660(40.2%)

Top destinations

Top domestic destinations
(2015)[6]
Rank City Airport Passengers
1 Juneau, AK JNU 7,070
2 Haines, AK HNS 870

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SGY (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective August 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Appendix A: List of NPIAS Airports with 5-Year Forecast Activity and Development Estimate" (PDF, 7.89 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) Report. Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Skagway". Alaska Seaplanes. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Skagway, AK: Skagway Airport (SGY)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics.