ADQ – Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport

Alaska - USA


ADQ –Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport, Alaska – USA




08 Departure (26 numbered end)


165,000 Passengers in 2019


Boeing 737 – General Aviation


Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport (ADQ) is a public and military use airport located four nautical miles southwest of the central business district of Kodiak. Airport traffic includes a fleet mix that ranges from GA aircraft to Boeing 737s. The Coast Guard is also active in running C-130 cargo planes at the airport. The EMAS installation was preceded by a positive FAA Environmental Impact Statement and Record of DecisionThe airport is state-owned and operated by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). It is home to the co-located Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak and a hub for Servant Air. This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2016–2020, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.

The airport is bounded by the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge to the north and Pacific Ocean to the East preventing the airport from establishing standard Runway Safety Areas of 1000 ft (304.8 m) on two of their runway ends. Environmental studies favored use of EMASMAX on departure ends of runway 08 (26 numbered end) & runway 01 (19 numbered end).


Installation of the two EMASMAX systems at ADQ began in the summer of 2015 with both installations requiring approximately two weeks to complete. The installation of the systems; THE 100 & 101st runway ends protected by EMASMAX prevented disturbance of sensitive environmental areas whilst also allowing the airport to establish fully compliant Runway Safety Areas through the most cost effective means.