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Project # CFAPT00353 / AIP 3-02-0078-017-2018

Dillingham Airport Master Plan Update

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is updating the Dillingham Airport Master Plan (AMP) and the Dillingham Airport Layout Plan (ALP). A Runway Safety Area (RSA) Practicability Study is also being conducted as part of the AMP update. The previous AMP was completed in 2005 and no longer serves as a timely guide for airport improvements. Additionally, more recent data is available to guide informed decisions on current and future airport use, facilities, and demand.

Dillingham Airport (DLG) is located at the extreme northern end of Nushagak Bay in northern Bristol Bay, at the confluence of the Wood and Nushagak Rivers. It lies two nautical miles west of the City of Dillingham, and 327 miles southwest of Anchorage. DLG is a regional hub for 9 surrounding smaller communities, most of which have airports with unpaved runways less than 3,000 feet long that can only be used in clear weather conditions.

DLG provides essential air services to the City of Dillingham and the greater Bristol Bay region (over 46,700 square miles). At least 18 surrounding communities rely entirely on air transportation for access to medical care and other goods and services in the city. The City of Dillingham has one of only six tribal hospitals in rural Alaska that provides inpatient services.

The updated Dillingham AMP and accompanying ALP will provide a plan for capital improvements, maintenance, and operations at DLG over the next 10-20 years. It will provide recommendations that allow DLG to continue to serve the City of Dillingham and surrounding communities into the future.  Major topics that will be addressed in the master plan will include:

  • Airport and Community Background
  • Inventory and Status of Existing Facilities
  • Aviation Forecast
  • Conditions & Needs Assessment, Issues Identification
  • Land Use & Economic Development Assessment
  • Environmental Overview and Considerations
  • Alternative Development and Analysis
  • RSA Practicability Study
  • Financial & Capital Improvement Plans
  • Airport Layout Plan