Juneau International Airport is positioned seven miles northwest from the City of Juneau, Alaska. The airport is a public-use and operates as a seaplane base as well. The airport is a hub for Alaska Airlines along with other major airline companies.
The United States Army Air Forces Utilized Juneau Airport during World War II, as a link connecting airfields in the mainland United States and the bases in the Aleutians. The Air Transport Command also used the airport to facilitate aircraft to the Soviet Union via Marks Army Airfield.
Pan American World Airways was Juneau's one of the first primary airline companies to launch operations. Pan American was conducting DC-4 flights in 1947, to Seattle via a stop at Ketchikan, also operated nonstop DC-4 flights two times a week to Whitehorse, the Yukon Territory of Canada. Following this, Pan American conducted Boeing 377 and DC-6B in the airport. During the 50s, Pacific Northern Airlines operated with Douglas DC-4 in the JNU airport, with nonstops to Anchorage, Cordova, and Yakutat. It also served the airport with daily flights to Seattle.
Juneau welcomed the jet age during the early 60s. Pan American was serving daily one-stop flights to Seattle with Boeing 707's in 1963. By 1965, Pacific Northern was serving nonstop flights with Boeing 720s to Annette Island, Anchorage, and Seattle. Western Airlines purchased Pacific Northern in 1967 and proceeded to operate jet flights at the airport. By the year 1968, Western Airlines was had direct daily jet service to Anchorage, Annette Island, and Seattle, with one-stop flights to Los Angeles. By the end of the 60s, Alaska Airlines had 727-100 daily jet service in JNU airport with the round trip routing of Sitka, Yakutat, Juneau Seattle, Cordova, Unalakleet Anchorage, Nome, and Kotzebue. Alaska Air has operated in Juneau International Airport for more than 45 years and mainly worked with Boeing 727-200, 737-200, and 727-100 jets into the airport before changing to more modern Boeing 737's.
In the past, Alaska Airlines operated smaller propeller planes such as de Havilland Canada DHC-6, Convair. Alaska Airlines began conduction flights in the late 60s into Juneau after its takeover Alaska Coastal Airlines and Cordova Airlines. Western Airlines reestablished its base in Juneau after stopping flight during the 70s. Wien was using Fairchild F-27 turboprop to conduct flights to and from the airport in 1968. Wien flew Boeing 737-200's twice a week in 1977, and by 1979 the company operated direct daily flights with 737-200 jets to Anchorage and Seattle. In the middle of the 80s, Western was had regular direct 727-200 jet flights to Seattle. After its purchase of Western Airlines in 1987, Delta Air Lines extended its service in Juneau with direct daily flights with Boeing 727-200 to Seattle, and one-stops to Los Angeles in the 90s.
MarkAir operated direct Boeing 737-400 flight services to Anchorage and Seattle. Delta Air Lines came back to Juneau in 2014, with seasonal, and later year-round service. The company left the market yet again at the end of 2016.
Facilities and Aircrafts
Juneau International Airport is positioned on 662 acres of land. It has only one 8,857 by 150 feet asphalt runway named 8/26. It also features a separate seaplane landing zone called 8W/26W.
From 2016 till 2017, the airfield had 108,885 operations in total, which averages 298 per day. At that period, 275 aircraft were stationed at this airfield, out of which 87% was single-engine, 10% helicopter, 1% was multi-engine along with others.
Along with passenger services, Alaska Airlines also runs Boeing 737-700 jet freighter cargo service into JNU. The airport is described as a primary commercial nonhub service by the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. This was based on 353,048 passenger boardings in the year 2012. FDA reported that the airport had 378,741 boardings in 2008.