Wrangell Mountain Air
Flying Wrangell-St. Elias National Park since 1992


Visitors who do not want to brave the McCarthy Road fly the 25 minute flight, that takes off three-times each day, from Chitina to the Kennicott Valley. Wrangell Mountain Air often flies people on charter flights from Anchorage, Denali, Cordova, Valdez, Fairbanks, and Glennallen.


Travel by air to Mccarthy, Alaska

Access the wilderness of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Photo by  Lucas Moore

Photo by Lucas Moore


Scheduled Flights to McCarthy, Alaska


After a six-hour drive from Anchorage, visitors arrive at the little town of Chitina - the origin of the 60 mile McCarthy Road that is an old railroad bed converted to dirt road. Wrangell Mountain Air offers flights three times daily (mid-May through mid-September) between Chitina and McCarthy. These flights are approximately 30 minutes duration with spectacular views of the Kennicott Valley upon your approach to McCarthy. Driving the McCarthy Road is a great option for many visitors but most rental car agencies do not allow their vehicles to travel the road. Depending on weather, road maintenance, and road usage, visitors can drive the 60 miles in as little as 1.5 hours or as much as 6 hours, or on rare occasions the road may close due to formations of road glaciers or mudslides.


McCarthy Departures

8:30a* - 2:00p - 5:00p

Chitina Departures

9:05a* - 2:45p - 5:45p


*September 1 until closing day, morning flights take off one hour later, due to later sunrise.

$311.75/person, round trip to Chitina with a valley tour upon arrival to McCarthy. Baggage allowance is 25lbs (11kg) per passenger, soft luggage only. Children under 2 years free in lap. Passengers over 300lbs (136kg) must purchase a second seat.

The waiting spot at the Chitina Airstrip.

The waiting spot at the Chitina Airstrip.



Charter Flights to McCarthy, Alaska

The quickest and most stunning method of arrival to the Kennicott Valley is by flying directly to McCarthy. For the traveler on a tight itinerary, chartering is a convenient and enjoyable way to get around the state. We commonly fly visitors to and from Anchorage, Glennallen, Cordova, Valdez, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks. These are not scheduled routes and visitors who prefer this method of transportation charter a plane; prices vary by aircraft and location. 

Charter Rates to McCarthy - Kennecott
Photo by  Lucas Moore

Photo by Lucas Moore

Reservations and Cancellations

Reservations require a 100% deposit at the time of booking. If deposit is not received within 3 days, the booking is not final and is subject to cancellation. Flights cancelled by Wrangell Mountain Air due to weather receive a full refund. All other cancellations made 30+ days in advance result in a 10% cancellation fee of total flight cost; cancellations made within less than 30 days, 25% of total flight cost. No refunds are issued for cancellations within 24 hours of the flight.

Photo by  Lucas Moore

Photo by Lucas Moore

Drive times to McCarthy, Alaska

Taking a roadtrip through Alaska can be a thrilling undertaking. Given wildlife sightings, construction delays, poor road conditions, and RV traffic, it can be a real challenge estimating drive times in Alaska. The following provides common drive times for many visitors.

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