MINTO - 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.
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities completed a $7 million dollar airport upgrade this summer. The project brought the airport into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration and state 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 was 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. Wright began flying in Alaska in the 1940s and started Wright Air, an Air Service in Fairbanks that still bears his name.