Hub Information Ketchikan International Airport (PAKT)

Hub Manager: Jim Magin

About Ketchikan

Ketchikan International Airport (IATA: KTN, ICAO: PAKT, FAA 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 Alaska that has no direct road access to the outside world or to the airport. 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 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, 96,996 enplanements in 2009, and 100,138 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2015-2019, which categorized it as a primary commercial service (nonhub) airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year) based on 103,136 enplanements in 2012.

The current airport was opened on August 4, 1973 and was dedicated on 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. One of the first airlines to serve the new airport was Alaska Airlines which inaugurated the first jet service from Seattle to Ketchikan International Airport on August 4, 1973 with a Boeing 720 jetliner. Alaska Air primarily operated Boeing 727-100, 727-200 and 737-200 jetliners (including 737 passenger/cargo Combi aircraft) into the airport before switching to later model Boeing 737 jets. Alaska Airlines has flown from the airport for over 40 years and also operated Grumman Goose and Super Catalina amphibian aircraft into the seaplane base serving Ketchikan prior to the opening of the airfield in 1973. Other airlines that operated jet service into the airport in the past included Wien Air Alaska and MarkAir with both air carriers flying Boeing 737 jets as well as Western Airlines operating Boeing 727-200 jetliners.

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Ketchikan Statistics




Top Aircraft Types

# Flights Type
1 3593 DHC-2 BEAVER
2 1370 DHC-6 CARGO
3 1188 AC50
4 770 C185
5 586 K100

Top Pilots by Flights

# Flights Pilot
1 1450 Dan O'Brien
2 1028 James L Smith
3 986 Ruberto Stutzer
4 765 Daniel Shuron
5 627 Dale Taylor

Top Pilots by Flights (month)

# Flights Pilot
1 34 Jim Archer
2 25 Jim Magin
3 24 James L Smith
4 18 John Dean
5 14 Jean-Luc Prual

Top Pilots by Hours

# Time Pilot
1 838:59 Dan O'Brien
2 838:59 Ruberto Stutzer
3 838:59 James L Smith
4 838:59 Jim Archer
5 634:09 Daniel Shuron

Top Pilots by Hours (month)

# Time Pilot
1 98:48 Jim Archer
2 40:43 Jim Magin
3 25:09 James L Smith
4 19:50 John Dean
5 13:37 Jean-Luc Prual

Top Landings

# V/S A/C Airport Pilot
1 -1 ft/min PA20 PAAQ Daniel Shuron
2 -1 ft/min DHC6 PARY Dan O'Brien
3 -1 ft/min PANC Rob Potter
4 -1 ft/min AC50 PAAQ Dale Taylor
5 -1 ft/min PAAQ Gerald Folsom

Top Landings (month)

# V/S A/C Airport Pilot
1 -35.37 ft/min DHC2 AK62 Jim Magin
2 -38.45 ft/min C208 IWK Jim Archer
3 -49.98 ft/min AC50 PACV James L Smith
4 -69.21 ft/min DHC3 KWF Brian Smith
5 -79.97 ft/min C337 AK76 Bill Collins