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Any Commercial Service To Non Paved Runways?  
User currently offlineDWController From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 157 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

Thinking about just the US, does anyone know of any commercial service to an airport that is using a grass or dirt strip? Trying to exclude service to water ports here. Just point A to point B, someone can buy a ticket and either not takeoff or land on pavement.

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User currently offlineBA174 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2968 times:

We have quite a few here in th UK. Loganair being the airline on most of these routes including the beach landing in Barra.

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3088 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

Quoting DWController (Thread starter):
Thinking about just the US, does anyone know of any commercial service to an airport that is using a grass or dirt strip?

Only in Alaska I would think although many of them are now paved.



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User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2572 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

For Alaska - yes. Now, it depends on what type of equipment you are interested in going on. I flew for Warbelows Air Ventures out of Fairbanks for a year and only two of the runways we used (Fairbanks and Galena) were paved. All the rest were gravel (or packed snow in the winter). They operate Piper Navajos and a Beech 1900 on daily scheduled service to about 20 destinations around northern Alaska. You can book a tour flight if you want or just ride on one of the regular flights.

Frontier Flying Service also operates out of Fairbanks, using Beech 1900's to many of the same destinations.

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User currently offlineCO787EWR From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Quoting DWController (Thread starter):
Thinking about just the US, does anyone know of any commercial service to an airport that is using a grass or dirt strip? Trying to exclude service to water ports here. Just point A to point B, someone can buy a ticket and either not takeoff or land on pavement.

I remember a slideshow and somewhere in the UK a plane lands on a beach.... I dont remember the airline though.

Found it:http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/the-worlds-scariest-runways/8

[Edited 2010-02-26 13:39:15]

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5943 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

Quoting HAL (Reply 3):
Frontier Flying Service also operates out of Fairbanks, using Beech 1900's to many of the same destinations.

That's true, but it should be pointed out that Fairbanks also handles 747 traffic, and as such, most of the time, aircraft will choose to utilize to lower FOD risk PAVED RUNWAYS, of which PAFA has two.

That said, Alaska Airlines no longer flies to any unpaved airports- Red Dog Mine was the last one, and it was paved just a few years ago. With that development, AS was able to retire their last 737-200 with gravel kit.

There IS another carrier in Alaska that flies Boeings to gravel runways, but it's private, not public...


User currently offlinesteex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1761 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2449 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
That's true, but it should be pointed out that Fairbanks also handles 747 traffic, and as such, most of the time, aircraft will choose to utilize to lower FOD risk PAVED RUNWAYS, of which PAFA has two.

I believe his point was that you could depart FAI on Frontier Flying Service and arrive at an airport with a runway that isn't paved, not suggesting that FFS operates off unpaved runways at FAI.


User currently offlinercair1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1348 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
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Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5):
That said, Alaska Airlines no longer flies to any unpaved airports- Red Dog Mine was the last one, and it was paved just a few years ago. With that development, AS was able to retire their last 737-200 with gravel kit.

As a kid I flew in and out of Petersburg (IIRC) on Alaska 727's when it what gravel... It was very noisy.... I may have the airport wrong - it was a long time ago - but it was Alaska, 727 and dirt....



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