The Merle K. (Mudhole) Smith Airport (CDV) is located approximately 159 statute miles from Anchorage, Alaska. CDV is located 11 statute miles southeast of the central business district of Cordova, AK. The airport operates as a Public-use Commercial Service Airport, providing a variety of activities and services to the flying public including passenger service, air cargo, military operations, and general aviation. The Alaska DOT&PF owns CDV, and the airport is attended seven days a week.
The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) completed the Merle K. (Mudhole) Smith Airport (FAA Location Identifier: CDV) Master Plan Update in 2023. The Airport Layout Plan (ALP) Drawing and other supporting graphical drawings, information, and data sheets (collectively referred to as the Airport Layout Plan Drawing Set) were also last updated in 2023, with the previous set being last updated in 2012.
The update of the Airport Master Plan is to plan the airport’s infrastructure to support future air service for the community of Cordova. The airport offers critical infrastructure used by commercial fishing, residents, health services, the US Coast Guard, the military, and others, because Cordova is not on the Alaska Highway System. Future airport improvements recommended in this update of the CDV Master Plan help support air carriers in providing regular and safe air service. This update of the Airport Master Plan and ALP Drawing Set will serve to represent DOT&PF’s current airport development plans for a 20-year planning period that will be divided into Near (1 to 5-year), Intermediate (6 to 10-year), and Long-term (11 to 20-year) planning horizons.