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Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.svg
Airport type Public
Owner State of Alaska DOT&PF
Serves Anchorage, Alaska
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 152 ft / 46 m
Coordinates 61°10′28″N 149°59′47″W / 61.17444°N 149.99639°W / 61.17444; -149.99639 ((P)ANC Anchorage International)Coordinates: 61°10′28″N 149°59′47″W / 61.17444°N 149.99639°W / 61.17444; -149.99639 ((P)ANC Anchorage International)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7L/25R 10,600 3,231 Asphalt
7R/25L 10,900 3,322 Asphalt
14/32 11,584 3,531 Asphalt
Statistics (2006/2007)
Aircraft operations 289,472
Based aircraft 169
Passengers 5,235,000 (2007)
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (IATA: ANCICAO: PANCFAA LID: ANC)[2] is the major airport in the United States state of Alaska located 4 nautical miles (7 km) southwest of downtown Anchorage.[1]

Constructed in 1951 as Anchorage International Airport, it was renamed by the Alaska Legislature in 2000 to honor former long-standing U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, however the naming was unusual since Ted Stevens was still living and was active in the Senate at the time of the renaming. It is Alaska Airlines' second-largest hub, after Seattle. It is also a major cargo hub and, as of 2008, ranks as the world's fifth-busiest airport by cargo traffic, after Memphis, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul. The majority of passenger flight operations are on 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 was off-limits and because the first generation of jets and widebody airliners did not have the range to fly nonstop across the Pacific. 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 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 one million passengers last year. Anchorage traffic peaks in June, July and August when passenger numbers are twice as high as between October and April.[3]

FedEx Express and United Parcel Service operate major hubs at Anchorage International for cargo heading to and from the Far East.[4] 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.[5] 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

Runway layout at ANC

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).[1]

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.[1]

Airlines and destinations


South Terminal (Domestic Terminal)

Despite the terminal's name, Air Canada serve international destinations using this terminal.

Concourse A

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Vancouver [seasonal]
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare [begins May 13], Dallas/Fort Worth [all seasonal]
Frontier Airlines Denver [seasonal]
Frontier Flying Service Aniak, Bethel, Fairbanks, Galena, St. Mary's
Grant Aviation[6] Emmonak, Kenai, Homer
Hageland Aviation Services Aniak, Unalakleet
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare [resumes May 22], Denver [resumes June 9], San Francisco [resumes June 9] [all seasonal]

Concourse B

Concourse B officially reopened on November 1, 2009 after renovation. US Airways was the first carrier to operate out of the renovated concourse on November 6. Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines followed on November 10. As of November 2009, all domestic carriers operate out of Concourse B[7].

Airlines Destinations
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Portland (OR) [seasonal; begins June 10], Seattle/Tacoma
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [seasonal], Detroit [seasonal], Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul [seasonal]
US Airways Philadelphia [seasonal; begins June 1][8], Phoenix

Concourse C

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines Adak [seasonal], Barrow, Bethel, Chicago-O'Hare, Cordova, Denver [seasonal], Dillingham, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Honolulu, Juneau, King Salmon, Kahului, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Los Angeles [seasonal], Nome, Petersburg, Portland (OR), Prudhoe Bay, San Francisco [seasonal], Seattle/Tacoma
Shared Services Aviation Deadhorse, Kuparuk

L Gates

Airlines Destinations
Era Aviation Bethel, Cordova, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai, Kodiak, Valdez
PenAir Aniak, Cold Bay, Dillingham, King Salmon, McGrath, Sand Point, St. George, St. Paul, Unalakleet, Unalaska

North Terminal (International Terminal)

This terminal serves all international carriers/destinations from Anchorage.

Airlines Destinations
China Airlines Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan
Condor Frankfurt [seasonal]
Japan Airlines Fukuoka, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita [all seasonal]
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon [seasonal]
Omni Air International Las Vegas [seasonal]

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Cargo operated by World Airways
Air China Cargo
Air Atlanta Icelandic
Alaska Air Cargo
Alaska Central Express
ANA & JP Express
Asiana Cargo
Atlas Air
China Airlines Cargo
China Cargo Airlines
China Southern Cargo
Empire Airlines
Era Aviation
EVA Air Cargo
Evergreen International Airlines
Everts Air Cargo
FedEx Express
Great Wall Airlines
JAL Cargo
Kalitta Air
Korean Air Cargo
Lynden Air Cargo
Nippon Cargo Airlines
Northern Air Cargo
NWA Cargo
Polar Air Cargo
Singapore Airlines Cargo
Southern Air
Trans Northern[9]
Transmile Air Services
Tradewinds Airlines
UPS Airlines
World Airways

Ground transport


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.

To/from airport

Route 7A of the Anchorage People Mover bus system serves the airport's North and South terminals once every hour in each direction, connecting it with the downtown Transit Center and the Dimond Center mall.[10][11]

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.[12]

Major national rental car chains are represented in an on-site consolidated rental facility attached to the South terminal.[13]


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.[14] As a result of the construction, Continental Airlines' gates were temporarily moved to the North Terminal in 2006 and Northwest Airlines' ticketing and baggage facilities were permanently moved to the C concourse. When construction is completed in late 2009, Continental, Delta, and US Airways will move to the South Terminal, consolidating the domestic airlines at ANC.


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" partnering companies and provides awards of cash, free covered parking, and donated prizes to winning employees.[15][16][17]


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