FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2013 No.: 13-2524
Contact: Linda Bustamante, 907-269-8654, Linda.Bustamante@alaska.gov

New Video Describes Challenges of Building Rural Airports

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) –The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Division of Statewide Aviation released the second video, in a two‐part series, illustrating the vital lifeline aviation provides for 82% of Alaskan communities.

Filmed at airport locations across the state, Alaska’s Aviation Lifeline Counting the Costs features interviews with airport construction and management staff who describe the fiscal and logistical challenges of building airports in the rugged, remote parts of the state.

“This video demonstrates the importance of aviation as a lifeline to remote Alaska, and explains why rural airports are challenging and expensive to build and maintain,” said Deputy Commissioner Steve Hatter. “We desire for people to better understand the work we do and some of the unique project and fiscal challenges we face in accomplishing our mission to deliver safe and efficient aviation infrastructure.”

The new video “Alaska’s Aviation Lifeline: Counting the Costs” can be viewed at these links:

The first video “Alaska Aviation Lifeline Story” can be viewed at these links:

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 255 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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