Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
|Owner||State of Alaska DOT&PF|
|Serves||Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.|
|Elevation AMSL||151 ft / 46 m|
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (IATA: ANC, ICAO: PANC, FAA LID: ANC) is a major airport in the U.S. state of Alaska, located 5 miles (8 km) southwest of downtown Anchorage. The airport is named for Ted Stevens, a U.S. senator from Alaska in office from 1968 to 2009. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017-2021, in which it is categorized as a medium-hub primary commercial service facility.
Built in 1951, the airport was served in the 1950s by Alaska Airlines, Northwest Orient, Pacific Northern Airlines and Reeve Aleutian Airways, using aircraft ranging from Douglas DC-3s to Boeing 377s, and was also a refueling stop for Canadian Pacific Air Lines service to the Far East (one such aircraft being involved in a 1951 disappearance). From 1955 to 2011, the eastern end of the airport's southernmost runway connected to the Kulis Air National Guard Base.
Anchorage was a common stopover for passengers flying to East Asia until the early 1990s because airspace in China, Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries were off-limits and because the first generation of jets and widebody airliners did not have the range to fly non-stop across the Pacific Ocean. Carriers using Anchorage for this purpose included:
Most scheduled passenger service from Anchorage to Europe and Asia ceased in the early 1990s following the end of the Cold War. Korean Air continued to serve Anchorage 3 times a week on a yearly scheduled basis until March 2005 and reduced to 3 times a week for the summer season only in 2006. China Airlines, the last Asian carrier to serve Anchorage on a regular basis, used Anchorage as an intermediate stop on its Taipei-New York route until 2011, when it rerouted these flights to stop in Osaka. While a few charter passenger aircraft still stop at Anchorage on flights between Asia and the eastern United States, scheduled cargo carriers - which benefit from more volume and thus shorter route segments - continue to use Anchorage frequently. Condor still uses the Frankfurt-Anchorage route on a Boeing 767.
In the 1990s, Alaska Airlines and Aeroflot operated service from Anchorage to several destinations in the Russian Far East, including Khabarovsk, Magadan, Petropavlovsk, Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Alaska Airlines pulled out of these markets in 1998 due to insufficient demand, while the Aeroflot services were primarily intended as technical stops en route to Seattle and San Francisco and were cancelled once newer aircraft and nonstop rights became available. Reeve Aleutian Airways, Dalavia and MAVIAL Magadan Airlines also offered service between Anchorage and the Russian Far East at various times, catering to Kamchatka oil exploration and other niche markets.
In October 2018, Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Heilongjiang Province Governor Wang Wentao announced plans to connect Anchorage and Harbin Taiping International Airport with year-round, nonstop flights as early as the summer of 2019.
On November 30, 2018, the airport suffered minor damage and was temporarily closed following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in the area. In June 2019, American Airlines switched the Boeing 737-800 on their seasonal route to Phoenix with the Airbus A321neo making them the first and only airline as of July 2019 to use the A321neo at Anchorage.
During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the airport was briefly the busiest in the United States due to sustained volume of cargo flights through Alaska while passenger travel sharply decreased in other American airports.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport's passenger traffic hovered around the five million mark between 1998 and 2008, apart from in 2002 when the airport suffered a 13% drop in traffic. Fairbanks and Juneau are the next busiest airports though neither managed more than half a million passengers last year. Anchorage traffic peaks in June, July and August when passenger numbers are twice as high as between October and April. Most major U.S. passenger carriers serve ANC, with the majority of passenger flight operations by Alaska Airlines to and from Seattle (an average of 20 flights per day) and Fairbanks (5-7 flights per day).
Anchorage is also envisioned as a future connecting point for air traffic to the Russian Far East. During the summer season of 2008, there was one weekly flight to Russia by Vladivostok Air. Yakutia Airlines resumed summer seasonal service to Russia in 2012. Many of Alaska's North Slope workers live either in Anchorage or elsewhere in the Lower 48 states and fly through the airport to their jobs in Prudhoe Bay.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a major cargo hub. As of 2015, it ranked as the fourth busiest airport in the world by cargo traffic, after Hong Kong, Memphis, and Shanghai-Pudong. A reason is that cargo aircraft between China or Japan and the US prefer to have less fuel and more cargo and refuel on the way.
FedEx Express and UPS Airlines operate major hubs at Anchorage International for cargo heading to and from the Far East.NWA Cargo used to operate a major hub at the airport until December 28, 2009 when it closed all operations for Northwest Cargo at all airports. FedEx Express is the airport's largest cargo facility and can handle as many as 13,400 packages per hour, employing more than 1,200 people and providing a full customs clearance system. United Parcel Service's hub handles about 5,000 parcels per hour. Both companies forecast a large growth in traffic over the next several years as trade with China and other Far East countries increases and plan to expand their Anchorage facilities comparatively. The United States Postal Service also operates a large sectional center facility (SCF) for the 995xx ZIP Codes. It processes mail and parcels headed to and from all Alaska cities.
The United States Department of Transportation allows Anchorage and other Alaskan airports to be used as a transfer point for cargo between different aircraft of the same foreign air carrier without applying for special permission, a privilege not available at airports on the US mainland. In 2020, the airport applied for similar authority for passenger traffic, which would potentially allow foreign airlines to use Anchorage as a connecting hub for international passengers. A similar exemption was previously granted to airports in Puerto Rico.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport covers an area of 4,608 acres (1,865 ha) at an elevation of 151 feet (46 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways: 7L/25R is 10,600 by 150 feet (3,231 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface; 7R/25L is 12,400 by 200 feet (3,780 x 61 m) with an asphalt/concrete surface; 15/33 is 10,865 by 200 feet (3,312 x 61 m) with an asphalt surface. The airport also has one asphalt helipad that is 100 by 100 feet (30 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2019, the airport had 261,961 aircraft operations, an average of 718 per day: 38% scheduled commercial, 32% general aviation, 29% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 109 aircraft based at this airport: 61% multi-engine, 14% helicopter, 15% jet, and 10% single-engine.
The FAA projects operations to increase to 334,279 by 2030, or 918.882 operations per day.
The South Terminal (domestic) serves Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Condor (Departures), Delta Air Lines, Icelandair (Departures), Sun Country, and United Airlines. All regional intrastate carriers also use the South Terminal.
The South terminal contains three concourses: Concourse A, Concourse B, and Concourse C. The area of what is today Concourse C stood the original airport terminal constructed in the 1950s. A hexagonal satellite terminal was constructed across the main structure shortly afterward. In 1969, the terminal underwent a major expansion, forming what is today Concourse B - notable new features included a curved arrival/departure structure with an elevated departure ramp for vehicles. The sweeping structure was designed to connect with the existing hexagonal satellite, now the end of Concourse B. In 1985, Concourse A was added. In 2009, This portion of the South terminal received seismic and aesthetic upgrades.
Concourse C was completely rebuilt in 2004, design by McCool Carlson Green Architects, while Concourses A and B were built in 1985 and 1969 respectively and renovated in 2009. Architects HNTB and RIM Architects performed the architectural work for A/B Concourse. The south terminal also contains two L gates, numbered L1 and L2. These gates are outside security on the lower level and adjacent to Concourse A.
The North Terminal (international), designed by McCool Carlson Green Architects, serves Condor, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Icelandair, Yakutia Airlines, all international seasonal charter flights, and military flights. In addition to these airlines, a few cargo airlines use the north side of the terminal for parking while their aircraft have small problems that need maintenance for a day or so. This terminal was built in 1982.
Roughly thirty-seven destinations are accessible from ANC via nonstop or direct flights, including destinations in 14 U.S. states and the countries of Canada, Germany, and Russia. U.S. mainline carriers operate a combination of year-round and seasonal service to the lower 48 states and Hawaii. Foreign carriers operate seasonal flights and seasonal charters to Canada, Asia, and Europe, the latter two sold as bundled services.
|Air Canada||Seasonal: Vancouver|||
|Alaska Airlines|| Adak, Bethel, Cold Bay, Cordova, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Honolulu, Juneau, King Salmon, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Los Angeles, Nome, Portland (OR), Prudhoe Bay, Seattle/Tacoma, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, Utqiagvik|
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, San Francisco (resumes May 20, 2021)
|Allegiant Air||Seasonal: Bellingham|||
|American Airlines||Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles|||
|Delta Air Lines|| Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle/Tacoma|
Seasonal: Atlanta, Salt Lake City
|Eurowings||Frankfurt (begins June 3, 2021)|||
|Reeve Air Alaska||Gulkana|||
|Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul|||
|United Airlines|| Denver Newark,|
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, San Francisco
|Yakutia Airlines||Seasonal: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky|||
|AirBridgeCargo||Cincinnati, Hong Kong|
|Air China Cargo||Beijing-Capital, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Shanghai-Pudong|
|Alaska Air Cargo||Adak, Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Deadhorse, Dillingham, Juneau, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, Seattle/Tacoma|
|Alaska Central Express||Aniak, Bethel, Cold Bay, Cordova, Dillingham, Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, Iliamna, Juneau, King Salmon, Kodiak, Port Heiden, Sand Point, Sitka, St. George, St. Paul|
|Asiana Cargo||Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Seoul-Incheon|
|Cargolux||Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York-JFK|
|Cathay Pacific Cargo||Atlanta, Chicago-O'Hare, Columbus-Rickenbacker, Dallas/Fort Worth, Guadalajara, Hong Kong, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York-JFK, San Francisco, Toronto-Pearson|
|China Airlines Cargo||Atlanta, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston-Intercontinental, Osaka-Kansai, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, San Francisco, Taipei-Taoyuan|
|China Cargo Airlines||Atlanta, Chicago-O'Hare, Shanghai-Pudong|
|China Southern Cargo||Chicago-O'Hare, Guangzhou,Shanghai-Pudong, Zhengzhou|
|DHL Aviation||Charleston (SC),Chicago-O'Hare,Cincinnati, Hong Kong,Huntsville,Los Angeles, Miami, Nagoya-Centrair,New York-JFK, Osaka-Kansai, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong,Singapore, Tokyo-Narita|
|Ethiopian Airlines Cargo||Atlanta,Seoul-Incheon|
|Etihad Cargo||Hanoi, Columbus-Rickenbacker|
|EVA Air Cargo||Atlanta, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Osaka-Kansai, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Taipei-Taoyuan|
|Everts Air Cargo||Bethel, Dillingham, Emmonak, Galena, King Salmon, Kotzebue, Nome|
|FedEx Express||Guam, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, Oakland, Osaka-Kansai, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, Toronto-Pearson|
|FedEx Feeder||Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Kenai, Kodiak, Sitka|
|Kalitta Air||Chicago O'Hare,Hefei,Hong Kong,Los Angeles,Seoul-Incheon,Shanghai-Pudong|
|Korean Air Cargo||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Guadalajara, Halifax, Miami, New York-JFK, Seoul-Incheon, Toronto-Pearson|
|Lynden Air Cargo||Bethel, Kotzebue, Nome|
|National Airlines (N8)||Chicago-O'Hare,Fairfield, Fussa, Los Angeles, Nagoya-Centrair, Shanghai-Pudong, Tulsa|
|Nippon Cargo Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York-JFK, Tokyo-Narita|
|Northern Air Cargo||Aniak, Barrow, Bethel, Deadhorse, Dillingham, Nome, Red Dog, Unalakleet|
|Qantas Freight||Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK, Shanghai-Pudong|
|Dallas/Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Nanjing, Singapore, Xiamen|
|Sky Lease Cargo||Changsha,Chicago O'Hare,Miami,Zhengzhou|
|Suparna Airlines||Chicago O'Hare,Nanjing,Shanghai-Pudong,Zhengzhou|
|TransNorthern Aviation||Kenai, Kodiak|
|UPS Airlines||Chicago/Rockford, Hong Kong, Louisville, Newark, Ontario, Osaka-Kansai, Portland (OR), Seoul-Incheon, Seattle-Boeing, Shanghai-Pudong, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita|
|Western Global Airlines||Dallas Ft. Worth,Los Angeles,Louisville,Seoul-Incheon,Shanghai-Pudong|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Seattle/Tacoma, WA||Seattle-Tacoma International Airport||715,650||Alaska, Delta|
|2||Fairbanks, AK||Fairbanks International Airport||144,520||Alaska, Ravn Alaska|
|3||Portland, OR||Portland International Airport||94,550||Alaska|
|4||Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN||Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport||69,280||Delta, Sun Country|
|5||Juneau, AK||Juneau International Airport||60,080||Alaska|
|6||Bethel, AK||Bethel Airport||55,920||Alaska, Ravn Alaska|
|7||Kenai, AK||Kenai Municipal Airport||55,770||Grant Aviation, Ravn Alaska|
|8||Kodiak, AK||Kodiak Airport||52,630||Alaska, Ravn Alaska|
|9||Denver, CO||Denver International Airport||49,280||United|
|10||Chicago, IL||Chicago O'Hare International Airport||41,830||Alaska, American, United|
A shuttle bus runs approximately every 15 minutes between the North and South terminals and the employee and long-term parking lots. A land-side inter-terminal walkway was completed in 2009. Air-side connections between the sterile areas of each terminal are not available.
Route 40 of the Anchorage People Mover bus system serves the airport's North and South terminals every 15 minutes from 6:00am to 7:30pm on weekdays and every 30 minutes until 2:00am, as well as service every 30 minutes all day on Saturday and Sunday, connecting it with the downtown Transit Center.
Taxi queues are available in front of each terminal. Courtesy vans and other ground transportation options pick up from designated areas in front of each terminal.
There is a rail station for the Alaska Railroad. It is only available during the summer season for cruise ship service only.
Renovations began on the A and B concourses in fall 2006. These renovations are designed to bring the older portions into compliance with current seismic, heating, ventilation, electrical and safety codes, and also include new baggage handling systems and renovations to the interior of the concourses. Since the completion of the construction, all domestic flights are operated out of the South Terminal.
The piece consists of nine towers of glass, collectively adding up to 42 meters (130 ft) of span and reaching to 8 meters (26 ft) at its highest point. The series of panels are inspired by Alaska's immensely rugged landscape of glaciers and mountains. The ambiguous images embedded within the sculpture address Alaska's continual balancing of the forces of technology with the vast powers of the natural world.
The airport features an innovative customer service program, which partners with most on-site (and some nearby) vendors and concessionaires and aims to promote a positive image of the airport and the State of Alaska in the minds of travelers. This volunteer, self-funded committee mystery shops at partnering companies and provides awards of cash, free covered parking, and donated prizes to winning employees.