Story by Associated Press
The new Alakanuk airport is open. Alaska state transportation officials say the relocated airport has a longer runway that can accommodate larger planes carrying freight and fuel deliveries. Officials say the larger planes also means fish caught by locals can be transported to market more quickly.
The $33 million project was 10 years in the making, starting in 2002. It was completed last month and the new runway opened Sept. 17.
Transportation officials say the project was funded by the Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA).
Alakanuk has about 680 residents and is located on a branch of the Yukon River near the Bering Sea.