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WSJ: Nome, AK To Spend $3.5m For Airport Expansion  
User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6484 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3237 times:

Just to be sure, Nome had 3,505 people in CY2000.

This article is short, so it qualifies under fair use in its entirety:

Alaska Air Group Inc.'s (ALK) Alaska Airlines will perform a $3.5 million upgrade at its terminal at Nome Airport, in Nome, Alaska.

The Seattle-based airline holding company said construction on the Nome project is slated to start in early June will be completed in March.

Alaska Airlines operates three daily flights to and from Nome and expects minimal disruption to its Nome operations.


[Edited 2006-04-12 23:31:56]


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User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3197 times:

Wow. Could they pick a more "out-there" airport? Still, if the terminal is in need of upgrading, I'm all for it. It's quite possible that a fair-sized percentage of that $3.5 mil price tag is markup because of the remote locale.

Anyone from AS know what the work entails?

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User currently offlineN730AS From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 126 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

heh...FAI's terminal is pretty old as well.....how about a little help AS????  Wink


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26444 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

I wonder if they will expand Airport Pizza  Wink


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User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3149 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 3):
I wonder if they will expand Airport Pizza

LOL! Niiiice.

You never know--what food options does Nome have (or not)?  Smile

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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26444 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

Quoting Airwave (Reply 4):
You never know--what food options does Nome have (or not)?

They actually have a Subway, believe it or not.



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User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

Really? Hmmm...so, what you're saying is...there *is* room for pizza!  dopey 

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User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Quoting Airwave (Reply 1):
Wow. Could they pick a more "out-there" airport?

AS did similar upgrades to thier terminal in my hometown of Dillingham AK, a few hundred miles south two years ago. Keep in mind that the typical "terminal" in rural Alaska is a metal pole barn with no jet way, no baggage carousel, one or two ticket agents and previously no electronic self check in etc.
I havent been to NME, but I have heard the upgrades are much needed.
Also for folks who dont know and to please keep in mind that much of western Alaska has no road connection. We have to fly, if you want to get to ANC, you jump on the AS 732Combi, or on a smaller turboprop carrier. If you need to get to a neighboring village say 20 miles away, you jump on the 208 Caravan or similar bushplane and make the trip.
The school kids in South Naknek AK, make the one mile flight twice a day to school, in Naknek AK about 6-8 kids, they usually ferry them on Cherokees. I thought it would be a great touch to paint the aircraft in a school bus Livery, but that has fallen on deaf ears.


User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2172 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

they got milano's pizza downtown as well as a burger king...big time town now...grin...only a mile from the airpatch.

Wondering if the improvement for Nome by Alaska actually means a couple of used jetways are coming....make it easier to board if leaving #1 running due to cold temps.


User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 7):
Keep in mind that the typical "terminal" in rural Alaska is a metal pole barn with no jet way, no baggage carousel, one or two ticket agents and previously no electronic self check in etc.

So do they treat the terminal like a church and only unlock the doors when there's something going on? No sense keeping the hired help around if there's only three flights a day...

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 7):
I thought it would be a great touch to paint the aircraft in a school bus Livery, but that has fallen on deaf ears.

Lol! I can imagine that.

Quoting Hiflyer (Reply 8):
they got milano's pizza downtown as well as a burger king...big time town now...grin...only a mile from the airpatch.

Well, I guess if you're flying into (or out of) Nome, you either live there or have a darn good reason to be there, lol. Not much need for warm and fuzzy accouterments, lol

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User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3063 times:

Quoting Airwave (Reply 9):
So do they treat the terminal like a church and only unlock the doors when there's something going on? No sense keeping the hired help around if there's only three flights a day...

Nope, all the bush towns keep their terminals open normal business hours because of the cargo operations. I think the lone exception is Adak, which only has two flights a week.

AS did a great job with the BRW and DLG upgrades. The DLG terminal used to be a nightmare, especially when the jet was in.



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User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

Quoting Airwave (Reply 9):
So do they treat the terminal like a church and only unlock the doors when there's something going on? No sense keeping the hired help around if there's only three flights a day...

I cant speak for NME, but here in DLG, out of the AS terminal, which is also used by code share Peninsula Airways(KS) KS has three flights a day to ANC on Saab340s and Metroliners there are 3x weekly flights on AS 732Combis. KS also serves extensively as an air taxi with Cherokees, Caravans, and Navajos to the surrounding villages. So the terminal is in more or less constant use from 9am to 9pm. I am not very familiar with the operations up in NME but I would imagine it is quite similar.


User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

One more thing, there was an article in the Alaska Journal of Commerce this week about the proposed upgrades to the Juneau International Airport. Supposedly city leaders have been talking to Condor about possible service after upgrades are completed.

Unfortunately, the article wasn't on the Journal's website this week.



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User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

Quoting Chugach (Reply 10):
The DLG terminal used to be a nightmare, especially when the jet was in.

Oh god was it ever, mid June with all the fisherman coming to town, would have a full jet, 60 folks, with lots of luggage, then have a Saab with 30 folks arrive, and at the same time 90 folks are looking to leave out on the same planes. 180 people in a 40x66 or so building with cargo operations going on in half of it, yeah pretty packed. We still have the metal slide for a baggage claim, works alright for function but those rampers arent easy on bags.


User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3035 times:
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Okay, the topic header makes it sound like the city of Nome is spending the money.
I hope AS does well in their OME expansion plans.
I hear at Bethel (BET), they also refurbished their terminal awhile ago.
When I was there, they had three main buildings. One for AS/Era/PenAir, one for Yute Air Alaska/Reeve Aleutian, and the old MarkAir building.



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User currently offlineGRRTVC From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

Quoting N730AS (Reply 2):
heh...FAI's terminal is pretty old as well.....how about a little help AS????

Check out the FAI website. Changes are coming... start this summer.

GRRTVC


User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4110 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3027 times:

Is this the City of Nome doing that spending, or is it the federal government doing the spending? I know that airport terminal projects largely involve 'local spending,' but I also know that Alaska is legendary for its 'bridge-to-nowhere' federal porkbarrel spending. In truth, any time the expenditure far exceeds the need then suspicion rises...as it should.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

Quoting Chugach (Reply 12):
Supposedly city leaders have been talking to Condor about possible service after upgrades are completed.

LOL - They've been having those discussions since the mid 70s! I remember the talk of thrice weekly flights from Europe and once or twice a week from Japan. At least back then Juneau had two mainline carriers.



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User currently offlineGRRTVC From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 16):
I know that airport terminal projects largely involve 'local spending,'

Most terminal projects do NOT have local funds, at least in the US. Most of the funds come from the airlines through rates & charges, landing fees. Funds also derive from bonds and grants.

I suppose one could correlate "local" funding to mean the fess that are part of a ticket but generally speaking there is very little local taxes that are involved in airport projects.

GRRTVC


User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

Quoting Chugach (Reply 10):



Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 11):

Ah, ok. I forgot about cargo operations. Kind of a big thing to forget about up thataways, but yeah... Thanks guys!

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