Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) has reported healthy air cargo growth for the first half of 2018, up 5.2 per cent, to more than 1.34 million tonnes, for January to June.
“Anchorage Airport’s strategic location gives air cargo operators the ability to fly fully-loaded aircraft between Asia, the United States, Europe, and Latin America,” said Jim Szczesniak, airport manager at ANC.
“You can fly a fully loaded freighter to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt from Anchorage. This one location provides you global access,” he said.
Szczesniak highlighted that the airport offers special air cargo transfer rights in which airlines are allowed to transfer cargo between aircraft, like passengers making a connection at a hub airport.
Szczesniak says: “We are seeing air cargo customers utilise these special transfer rights to increase the efficiency of their networks and that gives them the ability to open new markets. We are also seeing a lot of growth and interest in using ANC as a connection point between Asia and Latin America.”
As a major US gateway for transpacific freighters, ANC handles over 150 widebody freighters per day and hosts substantial operations from the major integrators: UPS, FedEx, and DHL.