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Air Transportation

Air transportation - the airplane - is the primary means of transportation in Alaska.

Airlines serve the major cities of Alaska, but most of the small towns and villages, with small airfields, rely on small air taxi, freight, and charter companies.

The Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) is located approximately four miles southwest of downtown; they are now on the yellow line (buses) and a taxi to the center at one time cost around $10. There are G.O. Shuttles in the summer, however, and the Airlink Shuttle (at one time anyway) was even less expensive. We understand Airlink Shuttle & Tours added a motorcoach to its fleet in Fall 2008 to accommodate transfers and tours for larger groups. Contace: Jeff Heber, airlink@acsalaska.net, (907) 452-3337!

View of Aurora Arch as you leave airport to drive downtown.

The airport operates a full 24 hours, 7 days a week schedule with many passenger/traveler conveniences, in addition to U.S. Customs and Fuel services. Fairbanks has attracted regularly scheduled international all-cargo flights servicing North American, Asian and European destinations. Traffic Overview .75 million Passengers 8 Scheduled Airlines 200 Million Pounds of Freight Point of Contact - Airport Marketing: 907-479-8700

Carriers offering daily flights from Anchorage include Alaska Airlines and Delta. Northwest also provides some flights. Their summer and winter schedules often differ. Delta no longer serves Fairbanks, but Alaska Airlines does, as does Frontier. The city acts as a gateway for flights into the bush. All bush flights are weather permitting.

The following companies use aircraft for one or more of their tours or charters out of Fairbanks. More information on each will be added as time permits.

1stAlaskaoutdoorschool.com

This local company offers both winter and summer tours, some of which utilize Wrangell Mountain Air Cessnas or DeHavillands. Follow the link above for more information.

Frontier Flying Service

The planes are small, only one row of seats on each side of the plane, but it gives you a more authentic "Alaskan experience." Frontier flies to Nome, Kotzebue and many Yukon River communities as well as doing daily Arctic Circle trips. They have scheduled flights to the following:

Allakaket Anaktuvuk Pass Anchorage Aniak Atqasuk Barrow Barter Island Bethel Bettles Deadhorse
Fairbanks  Fort Yukon Galena Kaltag Koyukuk Nuiqsut Nulato Point Lay Ruby Tanana Wainwright

They offer both day and overnight visits to the villages, and will customize your trip if you wish. Their brochure does not list prices. For more information, call them at (907) 474-0014. The August 26, 2000 edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner carried a letter about them in its "Applause" section.

Northern Alaska Tour Company

Popular tour company with numerous tours, some combining tour vans with air travel.

Tanana Air Service

This is a small commuter/charter air service with scheduled passenger and cargo service in Interior Alaska, as well as weekday seats (two) available on mail planes that visit 7 villages above the Arctic Circle (certificates are given). They are located in Fairbanks, but have satellite stations in Aniak, Galena, Kotzebue, and McGrath. Contact information is included on our page (click on title link), so you can get more information.

Warbelow's Air Ventures, Inc.

This airline has passenger and mail service from Fairbanks to:

bulletAllakaket
bulletAmbler
bulletAnaktubak
bulletArctic Village
bulletBeaver
bulletBettles
bulletCentral
bulletChalkyitsik
bulletCircle
bulletCircle Hot Springs
bulletFort Yukon
bulletGalena
bulletHughes
bulletHuslia
bulletIndian Mountain
bulletKaltag
bulletKobuk
bulletNulato
bulletRampart
bulletShungnak
bulletTanana
bulletVenetie

As Arctic Circle Northern Highlights Tours, they have six package tours:

bulletBush Mail Route Excursion - this least expensive flight has 16 daily departure, including 6 north of the Arctic Circle. 4 hour trip.
bulletNative Village Tour - includes tour of Fort Yukon with Athabascan Native guides.
bulletBettles: Arctic Circle & Wilderness Adventure - 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle. 45 minute Snowmachine adventure (optional dog sled available for chg.)
bulletJapanese Pioneer History/Venetie Village Tour (see the village founded by Japanese pioneer Frank Yasuda)
bulletWinter Nights & Northern Lights - Overnight package available in several villages.
bulletNorthern Life Tour - Extended day tour of Fork Yukon, includes lunch and hour long snowmachine or dog sled tour.

Enjoy village tours, or just a flight over the Arctic Circle. They provide Arctic Circle Certificates where appropriate. Prices start at $195 per person for 4 hrs. They are rebuilding their website, after which we will provide a link to their schedules and prices.

Warbelow's Air Ventures, Inc. Contact Fairbanks (800) 478-0812 or local (907) 474-0518, fax (907) 474-3821; Galena (800) 478-1866 or local (907) 656-1866. You can find them on the East Ramp of the Fairbanks International Airport, 3758 University Avenue South.

Wright Air Service Phones - Main: (907) 474-0502; Main Fax: (907) 474-0375; Charter Desk: (907) 474-0542; Freight Office: (907) 474-0591

Al Wright began flying in the 1940's. He was involved with various aviation endeavors including: Nenana Air Service, Fort Yukon Air, and Wien Airlines. Al was also a registered Big Game Guide. He began Wright Air Service in Fairbanks in 1966, servicing Interior Alaska with a Cessna 180 and a Piper PA-14. The majority of the flights were made on floats in the summer and on skis in the winter. Bob Bursiel began flying for Wright Air Service in 1968, and became the owner in 1982. Today, the company is operating 8 Grand Caravans, 3 Navajos, 3 Helio Couriers, 2 Cessna 206's and a Beechcraft Bonanza. With 16 pilots, 10 mechanics and 34 support staff; they have become a sizable business over the last 4 decades, while remaining a traditionally family friendly company toward its customers and employees. They now carry more than 20,000 passengers a year on their scheduled flights and a growing volume of freight.

For fishing and other river charters, see Water Adventures.

 

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