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No.: 12-2531
Contact: Margaret Tyler (907)266-2694,

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Wins Balchen Post Award

(Anchorage, Alaska) –The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NEC AAAE) announced on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, that Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) has been awarded the Balchen Post Award for Large Hub Commercial Airports. This is the fifth time that ANC has been awarded the award, which honors those who have demonstrated excellence in the performance of ice and snow control.

Zaramie Lindseth, Assistant Manager of Airfield Maintenance at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport said, "We are extremely proud of the professional, hard working men and women that make up the ANC Snow Removal Team.  It's fantastic to see their dedication and accomplishments further recognized by the International Aviation Snow Symposium with the receipt of Balchen Post Award this year.  This achievement during a year with record setting snowfall further illustrates the talent and determination of this well respected team."

As of April 7, 2012, Anchorage had the snowiest winter on record:  over 133 inches during the winter months.  According to airport calculations, Airfield Maintenance has moved over 6,000,000 tons of snow from November 2011 to March 2012 from the runways, taxiways, and ramps. During a span of 133 days in the winter, 97 days required some degree of snow and ice control.  

The Alaska International Airport System (AIAS) - comprised of Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports - is home to over 30 international and domestic airlines providing passenger and cargo service throughout Alaska, the United States, Europe, and Asia. AIAS is an extraordinary economic engine; serving nearly 6 million passengers per year and accounting for 1 in 10 jobs in Anchorage and 1 in 20 jobs in Fairbanks.  The purpose of AIAS is "To Keep Alaska Flying and Thriving."

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 34 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of DOT&PF is to “Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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