Era Alaska Helps Make New Point Thomson Airstrip Possible
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Point Thomson airport is open and ready for business, thanks in part to Era Alaska. Passenger service for Point Thomson personnel began October 1 and is making transportation much less of a challenge for ExxonMobil and its contractors.
The Point Thomson airstrip, operated by ExxonMobil, met Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations in late September. Regularly scheduled passenger service began October 1, and currently, flight operations for both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters have been fully transitioned to the airstrip.
ExxonMobil recently recognized engineering, construction and flight operators, including Era Alaska, for their help in ensuring the airstrip was safe for all aircraft. Teamwork and a commitment to safety has resulted in increased availability for passenger and freight travel directly to the arctic site, positively impacting the work necessary to assist in securing a solid foundation for Point Thomson’s future.
“We’re proud to have done our part in this major milestone,” said Steve Smith, Era Alaska director of sales and marketing. “Getting folks to and from the Slope faster, easier and safer is always a positive.”
The airstrip is part of the Point Thomson Unit, a natural gas field operated by ExxonMobil on behalf of itself, BP, ConocoPhillips and other minor owners. Completion of the condensate export pipeline connecting Point Thomson to the Trans-Alaska pipeline is expected this winter.
Era Alaska is the largest regional airline based in the state, offering daily passenger and cargo services to nearly 100 communities across Alaska. All flights operated on Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft feature full in-flight cabin service.
SOURCE: Era Alaska