The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) saw a steady increase in cargo activity during 2017, with 79,595 cargo landings, an increase of 4.6% compared to 2016.
The increase in cargo landings brought an added US$7 million to the Alaska International Airport System. Passenger traffic in 2017 was stable at over 5 million, and ANC remained third in North America for concession sales per passenger at $13.93.
All ANC revenue is used to operate the airport as a self-sustaining entity, which is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport said the strong revenue numbers this year allows ANC to provide a low-cost environment for its customers.
“The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport continues to be a strong performer in Alaska’s economy,” said Alaska governor Bill Walker. “We highly value the central role that Anchorage plays in transpacific air cargo. As we continue to strengthen our relationships in Asia we will keep working hard for continued growth at ANC.”
In 2018 the airport is to see an additional Saturday flight to Minneapolis from Sun Country Airlines.
“We are excited that Sun Country is adding an additional flight this summer,” said ANC airport manager, Jim Szczesniak. “This flight will bring in more passengers and that will have a direct impact on Alaska’s tourism industry.”
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is utilised by 22 major international air cargo carriers and nine domestic cargo carriers.