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ANC Receives Prestigious National Recognition for Snow Removal Performance

May 6, 2020

(ANCHORAGE) – Snow removal crews at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) received the Balchen/Post Award, honorable mention, for excellence in the performance of airport snow and ice control from the American Association of Airport Executives for the 2019-2020 snow season. A selection committee of industry experts selected ANC as a top airport from amongst all large, snowbelt airports in North America.

“This award is a reflection of the dedication and determination of the team of more than 100 Airfield Maintenance, Equipment Maintenance, Airfield Electricians, and Operations employees,” said Jim Szczesniak, Airport Manager. “Our airline customers expect ANC to keep the airfield safe during the most challenging of conditions. The ANC snow crews met the challenge and this award recognizes them as among the world’s elite snow fighters.”

ANC received 88.6 inches (225 centimeters) of snow this season, an above normal year.

“I am proud of the effort and perseverance that the men and women of Airfield Maintenance show day in and day out as they work all winter long around the clock to maintain a safe and efficient operation,” said Zaramie Lindseth, Airfield Maintenance Manager. “It’s because of them that ANC has never closed due to snow.”

The prestigious Balchen/Post Award is awarded by the American Association of Airport Executives to recognize airport snow crews for their dedication and determination to keep the airport open and operating safely during the winter months. An awards committee evaluates these snow teams for their;

  • Degree of in-depth preparedness
  • Effectiveness of snow and ice control program
  • Timeliness and accuracy of communications during the snow and ice control effort
  • Post-storm activity


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About Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is an important gateway to the city of Anchorage and the State of Alaska. More than 5 million passengers fly through ANC annually. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is responsible for approximately 15,577 airport & community jobs, earning $1 billion. That's 1 in 10 jobs in Anchorage.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 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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