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Airports With Scheduled Service And Gravel Runway?  
User currently offlinemozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2168 posts, RR: 13
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6307 times:

I have come across pictures and reports of some 737-200 with gravel kits, both in Alaska and Northern Canada.

Are there today still airports that have scheduled air service and only gravel runway? Others that do not have asphalt or concrete surface runways?

Or can those gravel kits now go away?

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User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6292 times:

Alaska Airlines used to keep 737-200 with gravel kits for unpaved runways but when the all the airports they flew to got paved runways they got rid of them.

User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8702 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6245 times:

I think Canadian North fly to airports with gravel runways:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_North#Destinations



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6231 times:

A large number of airports in Scotland fill this description, having either grass or gravel runways. However they only see service by Islanders, not 737s.


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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1346 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6203 times:

Isn't there also this incredible beach landing strip in Scotland (I guess BA and BE are flying there)...

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6196 times:

Quoting reifel (Reply 4):

Isn't there also this incredible beach landing strip in Scotland (I guess BA and BE are flying there)...

There is indeed; BE fly there although it's actually operated as a franchise by Loganair with DH6s.



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User currently offlinemozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2168 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6193 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):

A large number of airports in Scotland fill this description, having either grass or gravel runways. However they only see service by Islanders, not 737s.

Really? Which ones?

Quoting reifel (Reply 4):

Isn't there also this incredible beach landing strip in Scotland (I guess BA and BE are flying there)...

Yep, that's Barra. Incredible, as you say. Loganair flies there with Dash6. Loganair is now a BE franchise, used to be a BA franchise.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6181 times:

Quoting mozart (Reply 6):
Really? Which ones?

Off the top of my head; Foula Airport, Sanday, Stronsay, Fair Isle, Papa Stour, Whalsay, Westray Airport, Eday Airport, and North Ronaldsay. I'm not some swat on Scottish airport surfaces, some may in fact be hardcore not gravel, I'm just planning a trip up around the far North of Scotland and hope to take in as many of these places as possible.


Dan  



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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25107 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 6154 times:

Quoting mozart (Thread starter):
I have come across pictures and reports of some 737-200 with gravel kits, both in Alaska and Northern Canada.

If memory correct, AS removed the gravel kits from their 732 combis some time before they were retired as the only airport they had been serving in Alaska with a gravel runway had been paved. There are still many airports with gravel runways in northern Canada. In fact, only a minority of airports with scheduled service in that remote part of Canada have paved runways.

The 732 combis in Canada also serve many privately-operated gravel airstrips serving mines etc. to shuttle crews and equipment to those locations. Not sure what those operators will do when those aircraft that have had decades of that type of service finally have to be retired. There really isn't any other aircraft with the same capabilities, and 737s with CFM engines can't be equipped for gravel operations.


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