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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 21, 2018
Press Release: 18-1041
Contact: Eland Conway, (907) 266-2694 eland.conway@alaska.gov

6.7 percentage Growth in Air Cargo for Anchorage Airport in 2017
Cargo Ranking: Up one spot to #5 in the world, remains #2 in the U.S.

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Airport Council International (ACI) released its Annual World Airport Traffic Report yesterday with 2017 numbers. Last year, more than 2.7 million tonnes of cargo transited through the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Airport Manager, Jim Szczesniak said, “The airport remains a substantial part of the world air cargo system, that’s good for Anchorage and good for the State. We continue to promote our strategic location, and the synergies that Anchorage can provide in air cargo transfer, e-commerce distribution centers, major and minor aircraft maintenance and repair, and aircraft parts warehousing. This all translates to good paying jobs for Alaskans.”

Anchorage Airport is located on transpolar flight routes between Asia, North America and Latin America.

Total cargo volumes handled by airports experienced a record increase of 7.7 percent from the previous year.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is less than 9.5 hours from 90 percent of the industrialized world and serves more than 5 million passengers annually. The airport accounts for 1 in 10 jobs in Anchorage, accounting for more than 15,000 jobs in Anchorage and a $1 billion in earnings.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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