Skagway Airport has one runway designated
2/20 with an asphalt surface
measuring 3,550 by 75 feet (1,082 x 23 m).
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
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 where pilots 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.
Pilot and Airport Information
Air - Skagway is 45
minutes from Juneau and 60 minutes from Whitehorse, Yukon.
Skagway is served by scheduled and charter service, from Juneau,
Haines and Whitehorse. Carriers serving Skagway are Air
Excursions and Wings of Alaska.
Skagway 0 NW -
N59°27.60' - W135°18.94' (LRA) UTC-9 (-8DT).
3,550 Ft. Chipseal surface, Not lighted, Day use only.Skagway Seaplane 0 S - N59°26.81' - W135°19.36' UTC-9
(-8DT).Check for current navigation charts and information.
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
P. O. Box 3-1000
Juneau, AK 99802