Permafrost affects Alaska airport

    Bethel, Alaska (KINY) Shifting permafrost has caused airlines to no longer land at Tununak Airport near Bethel threatening the areas supply line.

    Officials said the permafrost has caused the runway to buckle and make it unsafe.  Ravn Alaska and Grant Aviation have decided the runway is too dangerous for their planes to attempt a landing.  Tununak depends heavily on air travel to provide supplies to the community.

    The issue has already started to impact grocery stores with fewer groceries on the shelves.  Many residents have decided to drive across the tundra on all-terrain vehicles to get groceries, mail and supplies from Toksook Bay.

    The airport only opened last year.  It's price tag was $19 million.

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