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Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport

Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport
Airport information
 Location of airport in Alaska
Airport typePublic
OperatorState of Alaska DOT&PF
LocationSitka, Alaska
Elevation6.4 m (21 ft)
Aircraft Operations22995

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Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport is a public airport owned and operated by the State of Alaska located on Japonski Island in southwestern Sitka, Alaska, U.S.

The airport is named after Sitka's former mayor Rocky Gutierrez. It features a single terminal with a jetway for the sole jet service provider, Alaska Airlines. There is a single runway on a paved causeway that juts off Japonski Island. Deceased tuberculosis patients from the nearby SEARHC/Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital were buried on airport grounds and had to be relocated during construction. That section of the airport is still unofficially called The Mausoleum.

The airport also has hangars for air traffic control, Civil Air Patrol, and private enterprises. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka also has a complex attached to the airport for their helicopters but the installation almost never uses runway space for their operations.

Safety hazards include boulders from the causeway washing onto the runway during storms, high winds because of its exposed location, and large flocks of birds that live very close to the airport. Due to these hazards, the airport is listed by as one of the ten most thrilling landing experiences in the world.

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