(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) today announced the completion of the Economic Impact Study for Lake Hood Seaplane Base (LHD). The report was commissioned in conjunction with the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and was completed by the McDowell Group. The full report is available on the ANC website.
General aviation, particularly that generated from Lake Hood Seaplane Base, was at the heart of settlement and growth in remote areas of Alaska, and is part of the proud roots of the state's aviation history. The economic impact study defines the current economic importance of the beloved landmark and helps identify how relevant the airport is for Alaskans.
Key findings in the study are:
“Lake Hood Seaplane Base is a great gem for the city of Anchorage,” says Tim Coons, LHD Manager. “We’re so fortunate to have this airport right in the heart of Anchorage, providing the economic engine that provides jobs for Alaskans, recreation activities for residents and visitors, and serving dozens of communities that are only accessible by air.”
Lake Hood Seaplane Base consists of Lake Hood, Lake Spenard and an adjacent gravel airstrip. LHD is considered the busiest seaplane base in the world, with approximately 500 float plane slips, and 500 wheeled airplane tie-downs. When the lake freezes in the winter, over 100 ski equipped airplanes use the ice runway.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 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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