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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2022
Press Release: 22-0006
Contact: Shannon McCarthy, shannon.mccarthy@alaska.gov, 907-269-0448

ANC Airport Director Szczesniak leaves for new opportunity
Szczesniak led ANC during record passenger service, air cargo activity.

(Anchorage, ALASKA) –Jim Szczesniak, Airport Director for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (“ANC”), is departing ANC for new opportunities. Mr. Szczesniak led the airport through the challenges of the pandemic, as well as during record levels of passenger service and cargo activity. 

“I’ve had the privilege of working with one of the best groups of aviation professionals these past four years. I will miss Team ANC, but I am confident they will continue to deliver award winning levels of service and operational excellence,” said Szczesniak.
Mr. Szczesniak has accepted a new airport leadership opportunity in Houston, Texas. 

ANC is the second busiest cargo airport in the Unites States and the fourth busiest in the world. It contributes significantly to the Alaska economy, and one in every 10 jobs in Anchorage are associated with the airport. ANC is the gateway airport to much of Alaska for both passengers and cargo.

In the interim, Deputy Commissioner John Binder will serve as Airport Director until a replacement can be found. Deputy Commissioner Binder has substantial aviation experience and has past experience serving as interim Airport Director.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 33 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 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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