Old Harbor to celebrate completion of runway extension

A C-130 did a pratice landing on the new runway extension in Old Harbor on Monday, August 6. (Photo Courtesy of Old Harbor Native Corporation)

Tuesday, August 7 is a big day for the Kodiak Island village of Old Harbor. The community is holding a ribbon cutting for an airport extension that has been in the works for five years.

The project extends the current airfield from 2,700 feet to 4,525 feet.

It was initiated in 2012 as a public-private partnership, with support from community entities, the state of Alaska and the federal government.

The City of Old Harbor collaborated with the Innovative Readiness Training Program, or IRTP, which provides real-world training opportunities for service members in underserved communities, to complete the extension.

The Old Harbor Safety & Expansion Project is intended to improve the safety of the State of Alaska airfield. It will also ultimately support a fish processing facility that their community has been pursuing for over 20 years.

The City of Old Harbor and the Old Harbor Native Corporation are hosting a luncheon and ceremony at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Harbor School.  A blessing of the airfield along with the the ribbon cutting are scheduled for 3 p.m.


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