Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

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Anchorage International Airport ( IATA: ANC, ICAO: PANC, FAA LID: ANC) is a major airport in the U.S. state of Alaska located four nautical miles (seven kilometers) southwest of downtown Anchorage. Constructed in 1951 as Anchorage International Airport, it was renamed by the Alaska Legislature to honor former long-standing U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. It is Alaska Airlines' second-largest hub, after Seattle. It is also a major cargo hub and, as of 2008, ranks as the sixth busiest airport in the world by cargo traffic, after Memphis, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. 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 (an average of 13 flights per day). Anchorage was a common stopover for passengers flying to East Asia from the 1960s to the 1980s because Chinese and Soviet airspace were off-limits and because the first generation of jets and widebody airliners did not have the range to fly nonstop across the Pacific Ocean. Some passenger aircraft still stop at Anchorage on flights between Asia and the eastern United States. Cargo carriers, which benefit from short route segments, continue to use Anchorage frequently. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport's passenger traffic has hovered around the five million mark for the last 10 years, 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. 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. Anchorage is also envisioned as a future connecting point for air traffic to the Russian Far East. During the summer season 2008, there was one weekly flight to Russia by Vladivostok Air. Also, there are plans to add flights to Sakhalin in the near future to meet the demands of U.S. oil companies. 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. The eastern end of the airport's southernmost runway connects to Kulis Air National Guard Base, which is actually located on land leased by the airport.

Facilities and aircraft
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport covers 4,500 acres (1,821 ha) and has three asphalt paved runways: 7L/25R measuring 10,600 x 150 ft (3,231 x 46 m), 7R/25L at 10,900 x 150 ft (3,322 x 46 m) and 14/32 at 11,584 x 150 ft (3,531 x 46 m). For 12-month period ending December 14, 2006, the airport had 289,472 aircraft operations, an average of 793 per day: 37% scheduled commercial, 35% general aviation, 27% air taxi and 1% military. There are 169 aircraft based at this airport: 59% multi-engine, 27% helicopters, 11% military and 3% jet aircraft. The FAA has forecasted total operations for the year 2011 to be 261,375. By the year 2030 this number is expected to rise to 334,279 or 918.882 operations per day. For 12-month period ending December 31, 2009, the airport had a total of 2,102,088 enplaned passengers go through the terminals.


South Terminal (Domestic)
The South Terminal serves Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country, and US Airways. All regional intrastate carriers also use the South Terminal.

North Terminal (International)
The North Terminal serves China Airlines, Condor, and international seasonal charter flights. In addition to these airlines, a few cargo airlines use the north side of the terminal for parking.

Airlines and destinations

Top destinations

Scheduled cargo airlines
Airlines Destinations Concourse Air Canada Seasonal: Vancouver B Alaska Airlines Adak Island, Barrow, Bethel, Chicago-O'Hare, Cordova, Fairbanks, Honolulu, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, Portland (OR), Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Seattle/Tacoma Charter: Red Dog Mine Seasonal: Denver, Dillingham, Kahului, King Salmon, Los Angeles, San Francisco C American Airlines Seasonal: Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth B China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan N International Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt N International Continental Airlines Seattle/Tacoma Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare , Denver , Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, Portland (OR), San Francisco B Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City Seasonal: Atlanta, Detroit B Era Alaska Aniak, Bethel, Cordova, Emmonak, Fairbanks, Galena, Homer, Kenai, Kodiak, St. Mary’s, Valdez, Unalakleet A Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Denver B Grant Aviation Emmonak, Kenai, Kodiak, Homer, Valdez L JetBlue Airways Seasonal: Long Beach TBA Korean Air Seasonal Charter: Seoul-Incheon N International Omni Air International Seasonal Charter: Las Vegas N International PenAir Aniak, Cold Bay, Dillingham, King Salmon, McGrath, Sand Point, St. George, St. Paul, Unalakleet, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor L Shared Aviation Services Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk B Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul B Swiss International Airlines operated by Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich N International Trans Northern Aviation Seasonal: Alaska Bush Charters L US Airways Phoenix Seasonal: Philadelphia B Top Ten Busiest Domestic Routes Out of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (October 2009-September 2010) Rank City Passengers Carriers 1 Seattle, WA 647,000 Alaska, Continental 2 Fairbanks, AK 209,000 Alaska, Era Alaska 3 Minneapolis, MN 129,000 Delta, Sun Country Airlines 4 Chicago, IL 92,000 Alaska, American, Continental 5 Portland, OR 81,000 Alaska, Continental 6 Kenai, AK 76,000 Era Alaska, Grant Aviation 7 Salt Lake City, UT 71,000 Delta 8 Juneau, AK 69,000 Alaska 9 Kodiak, AK 64,000 Alaska, Era Alaska, Grant Aviation 10 Bethel, AK 56,000 Alaska, Era Alaska


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