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Alaska Airlines Announces Upgrades Coming to Nome Airport

Passengers board an Alaska Air E175 passenger plane at the Nome Airport. Ben Townsend photo.

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a $60 million investment plan aimed at upgrading terminals and other facilities across the state. The initiative is part of the airline’s “Great Land Investment Plan” first launched in 2016. Upgrades to the airline’s 13 owned stations, including the Nome Airport, are included in the next phase of the project. 

Alaska Airlines’ Public Affairs Manager Tim Thompson gave an overview of the project in a statement to KNOM. 

In Nome, we are looking to upgrade the terminal and creating a better guest experience. Improvements are still being determined and work is expected to take place over the next few years,” Thompson said via email.

This isn’t the first time Alaska Airlines has invested in the Nome Airport. In 2006, the airline funded a $3.5 million expansion and renovation of the terminal that was completed in 2007. The new upgrades are part of a broader effort to modernize facilities and improve operations, but exact details remain under wraps.

“We’ll be taking a hard look at each of our terminals to determine the best improvements,” Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines’ vice president for the Alaska region, said in an interview with Anchorage Daily News. “It’s all about making the experience better for people in these communities.”

The upgrades are expected to address congestion issues and accommodate larger passenger volumes, especially in rural areas where increased travel demands have put pressure on existing facilities. The comprehensive plan also includes improvements to cargo capacity and employee working areas.

Projects from the Great Land Investment Plan are expected to be completed by 2027.

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