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2019 - HAL Alaska Cruise - 33 - Ketchikan - 1 - International Airport Runway

2019 - HAL Alaska Cruise - 33 - Ketchikan - 1 - International Airport Runway

The last stop for ms Noordam was Ketchikan Alaska. The city is located on one side of Tongass Narrows and the International Airport on the other.

It was another shitty day - windy, heavy rain and cold.

As the ship passed the airport runway, Alaska Airlines flight AS62 touched down.

Ketchikan International Airport, located on Gravina Island, opened 04 August, 1973.

One of the early airlines to serve the new airport was Alaska Airlines inaugurating the first jet service from Seattle to Ketchikan 04 August, 1973.

The international airport is located on Gravina island separated from Ketchikan by Tongass Narrows. Airport access for passengers and vehicles is via ferry.

A 2005 Gravina Island Bridge proposal, was a plan to build a highway bridge across the Tongass Narrows from Revillagigedo Island to Gravina Island. It became the subject of national controversy as critics called the plan a "bridge to nowhere" while attacking its proposed cost of $320 million.

The bridge has not been built.

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Photo taken @ S on 20 September 2019 (© Ted's photos - Returns late December / Flickr)

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