Which Towns in Alaska Rely on Air Freight?

Alaska: The Last Frontier. The 49th state has a very special place in the hearts of each of us here at Alaska Air Forwarding, since we have been serving this state for the 50+ years that we have been in business. As we’ve shared many times, much of Alaska is extremely remote with many towns only accessible via air transport. We’d like to highlight some of these towns in Alaska and you may be surprised by some that make the list.


The state of Alaska holds many distinctions; not the least of which is that the Capitol city of Juneau is the only State Capitol that is completely inaccessible by roads. If you’re making plans to visit Juneau, you’ll have to plan to fly into this beautiful city. While it isn’t easy to access, the beauty of the area makes all the effort it takes to get there very worthwhile.
Here’s a list of other cities within Alaska that require access via Air transport.

  • Sitka
  • Kodiak
  • Ketchikan
  • Unalaska
  • Adak
  • Gustavus
  • Yakutat
  • Cordova
  • Little Diomede (Bering Straight)



The major cities in Alaska are served by airlines and Alaska Airlines is the only major carrier that provides service to all major cities in Alaska. Other Airlines may fly into Anchorage or Fairbanks but Alaska Airlines is the only major carrier that services all of Alaska’s major cities but what about the smaller towns and villages?
In addition to the larger cities mentioned above, there are a number of small towns and villages throughout Alaska that also rely solely on small air taxi and air freight. Alaska Air Forwarding serves many of these areas and any area that we do not directly serve, we partner with other carriers who do serve them. We’d like to introduce you to two of those air taxi companies that serve the outer-most parts of Alaska.

  1. Tanana Air Service is a commuter/charter service that provides scheduled passenger and cargo flights. This airline is based in Fairbanks and provides service to the Yukon and Kuskokwim River Valleys.
  2. Yute Air serves about two dozen villages from its base in Bethel, AK., making several runs throughout the day. Most of these runs are for cargo but they do transport passengers as well.

Thanks to these and other air taxi services, every remote corner of Alaska, large or small, is served via air taxi and freight. Sure, there are parts of Alaska that are difficult to reach, but thanks to air taxi and freight services, there is always a way to get there!

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