The City of Akutan, located on Akutan Island in the eastern Aleutians, is isolated due to limited transportation connections. The City is accessible only by boat or helicopter service to the airport on Akun Island. Previously, the only commercial aircraft serving Akutan was the 65-year old amphibious Grumman Goose aircraft. The Goose accommodated a maximum of eight passengers, and minimal freight, per flight. The aircraft was limited to visual flight rules and could land only in the water of Akutan Bay. Flights were frequently canceled due to inclement weather. Hovercraft service provided by the Aleutians East Borough proved too expensive for continued operations. The AEB now provides helicopter service between Akutan and the Akun airport.
The purpose of the Akutan A-LAP is to determine a future vision for the land surrounding the Airport that: