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Galena Airport

Edward G. Pitka Sr. Airport
(former Galena Air Force Base)
Airport type Public
Owner State of Alaska DOT&PF - Northern Region
Serves Galena, Alaska
Elevation AMSL 153 ft / 47 m
Coordinates 64°44′10″N 156°56′15″W / 64.73611°N 156.93750°W / 64.73611; -156.93750Coordinates: 64°44′10″N 156°56′15″W / 64.73611°N 156.93750°W / 64.73611; -156.93750

Location of airport in Alaska
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7/25 7,249 2,209 Asphalt/Concrete
6/24 2,786 849 Gravel
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 19,000
Based aircraft 13
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Edward G. Pitka Sr. Airport (IATA: GALICAO: PAGAFAA LID: GAL) is a state owned, public use airport located in Galena, a city in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska.[1]

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 7,784 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 7,447 enplanements in 2009, and 12,421 in 2010.[3] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year) based on enplanements in 2008,[4] however it qualifies as a primary commercial service airport based on enplanements in 2010.


As Galena Airport, it was used as a military transport base during World War II, facilitating the transit of Lend-Lease aircraft to the Soviet Union.

As Galena Air Force Base, it was used by the USAF during the Cold War as an interceptor base for aircraft patrolling the western areas of Alaska. It was closed in 1993, however the military airfield is maintained by a private contractor as a weather/emergency diversion airfield since Regular Air Force fighter-interceptor alert operations ended.[5]

Facilities and aircraft

Edward G. Pitka Sr Airport covers an area of 1,250 acres (506 ha) at an elevation of 153 feet (47 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 7/25 is 7,249 by 150 feet (2,209 x 46 m) with an asphalt and concrete surface; 6/24 is 2,786 by 80 feet (849 x 24 m) with a gravel surface.[1]

The airport also sports a ski-jump takeoff ramp at one end and provisions for arresting gear (see picture, ski jump at 07 end) at the other, a leftover from the Cold War years as Galena Air Force Base, as tactical aircraft required more landing and takeoff space than was available on the runway.

For the 12-month period ending May 23, 2009, the airport had 19,000 aircraft operations, an average of 52 per day: 68% general aviation, 16% scheduled commercial, 11% military, and 5% air taxi. At that time there were 13 aircraft based at this airport: 77% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, and 15% ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:

Airlines Destinations
Era Alaska Cargo Fairbanks [6]
Era Alaska Anchorage, Fairbanks, Huslia, Kaltag, Koyukuk, Nulato, Ruby [7][8]
Wright Air Service Kaltag [9]

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes out of GAL
(June 2010 - May 2011) [10]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Alaska Fairbanks, AK 7,000 Arctic Circle, Era Alaska
2 Alaska Nulato, AK 2,000 Era Alaska
3 Alaska Kaltag, AK 1,000 Era Alaska

See also


External links

  • The National Map
  • PDF), effective July 24, 2014
  • FAA Terminal Procedures for Edward G. Pitka Sr. Airport (GAL), effective July 24, 2014
  • Resources for this airport:
    • FAA airport information for GAL
    • AirNav airport information for PAGA
    • ASN accident history for GAL
    • FlightAware live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations for PAGA
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for GAL

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