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Unalaska Airport

Unalaska Airport
Airport information
 Location of airport in Alaska
Airport typePublic
OwnerState of Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region
ServesUnalaska, Alaska
LocationAmaknak Island
Elevation7 m (22 ft)
Aircraft operations744

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Unalaska Airport is a public airport in the City of Unalaska, on Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Islands, off the coast of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is located 50 mi (80.5 km) from the Great Circle route to the Orient on the Bering Sea coast of Unalaska Island, 800 mi (1287.5 km) southwest of Anchorage and 1950 mi (3138.2 km) from Seattle.

The official name of the City of Unalaska's port is Dutch Harbor. That name is also applied to the portion of Unalaska on Amaknak Island, which is located across a bridge from the rest of the city on Unalaska Island. Therefore the airport is sometimes referred to as Dutch Harbor Airport.

In 2002, the State of Alaska renamed it Tom Madsen Airport in honor of Charles Thomas Madsen Sr., a bush pilot who was killed in an airplane accident that year. However, the Federal Aviation Administration still refers to it as Unalaska Airport.

The airport's runway is bordered on one side by a steep drop off into the ocean and the side of a hill on the other. Both ends drop off into open water.

Scheduled commercial airline service is provided by PenAir, a code share partner of Alaska Airlines. At one point Alaska Airlines operated 737-200 Combi aircraft to the airport, but due to load restrictions due to the short runway and cancellations due to weather they contracted operating the service to PenAir in 2004.

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