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Upgraded Minto Airport officially renamed “Minto Al Wright Airport”


August 20, 2009

(MINTO, AK) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities officially renamed the improved airport the “Minto Al Wright Airport” to honor Alaska aviation pioneer Al Wright. 

The request to rename the airport came from the Minto Seth-De-Ya-Ah Corporation and had strong community and legislative support.

DOT&PF completed a $7 million dollar airport upgrade this summer.  The project was necessary to bring the airport into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and State of Alaska requirements.  Upgrades include a longer runway, installing airport lighting and FAA Navigation equipment, building an equipment storage building and constructing a new taxiway and apron that allowed for safe cargo handling.  The community of Minto has requested improvements to the airport since 1998.

Al Wright is a pioneer in Alaska aviation.  For many years he was the sole source for food and supplies in Minto and the community depended on his services.  Mr. Wright began flying in Alaska in the 1940’s and started Wright Air, an Air Service in Fairbanks that still bears his name.
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