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FAI: Transport for Early Morning Departure

Old Mar 30, 18, 6:14 am
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FAI: Transport for Early Morning Departure

Hi folks! I'll have a flight from FAI at 5:30am come the end of November. Are taxis the only way to get to the airport at that hour of the early morning?

Incidentally, on a side note, are there often major delays during winter given the extreme weather conditions?
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Old Mar 30, 18, 9:21 am
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Yes, a taxi would work, Uber is also available; a few hotels have shuttles. There is a public bus out to the airport, but not that early. A flight that early would be on a plane that spent the night there, so that a late incoming flight would not be the source of any delay. Fairbanks actually has an enviable record for on-time departures relative to other airports. The flight density is not high, and when the weather is bad, they are used to dealing with it.
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Old Mar 30, 18, 3:59 pm
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Great, that's good to hear. Assuming taxis aren't so expensive given the airport is only just out of town. Yes you'd think most folk living in Alaska would be used to the weather by now, hah!
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Old Mar 30, 18, 11:01 pm
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I believe it's technically spring now. Or as it's known in Alaska, Still Winter.
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Old Apr 4, 18, 11:54 am
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Originally Posted by Catweazle View Post
the extreme weather conditions?
Fairbanks actually has a very stable weather climate. Being so far inland and so dry, there's very little convective activity, and cloud cover is very low. It's a dry climate and doesn't actually snow very much (relative to other northern cities). The only thing "extreme" about the weather is the cold (and these days, it's not even as cold as it's been in years past), and cold doesn't really hurt airplanes.

On the upside, the fact that it freezes early and stays below freezing all winter means that the precipitation that hits the ground doesn't melt and refreeze, so road conditions are quite good.

Here's a news story about the snowstorm last November (2017): Snow blankets Fairbanks; colder weather coming | Alaska News | newsminer.com. They consider 5 inches of snow to be a news-worthy event...
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