Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
ANC is located in Alaska
Location of airport in Alaska
Airport type Public
Owner State of Alaska DOT&PF
Serves Anchorage, Alaska
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 152 ft / 46 m
Coordinates 61°10′28″N 149°59′47″W / 61.17444°N 149.99639°W / 61.17444; -149.99639
Website www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7L/25R 10,600 3,231 Asphalt
7R/25L 10,900 3,322 Asphalt
14/32 11,584 3,531 Asphalt
Statistics (2006, 2010)
Aircraft operations (2006) 289,472
Based aircraft (2006) 169
Passengers (2010) 4,976,557
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (IATA: ANCICAO: PANCFAA LID: ANC)[2] is a major airport in the U.S. state of Alaska located 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) southwest of downtown Anchorage.[1]

Constructed in 1951 as Anchorage International Airport, it was renamed by the Alaska Legislature to honor former long-standing U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. It is Alaska Airlines' second-largest hub, after Seattle. It is also a major cargo hub and, as of 2010, ranks as the fifth busiest airport in the world by cargo traffic, after Hong Kong, Memphis, Shanghai, and Seoul. Most major U.S. passenger carriers serve ANC, with the majority of passenger flight operations by Alaska Airlines to and from Seattle (an average of 20 flights per day) and Fairbanks (an average of 13 flights per day).

Anchorage was a common stopover for passengers flying to East Asia from the 1960s to the 1980s because Chinese and Soviet airspace were off-limits and because the first generation of jets and widebody airliners did not have the range to fly nonstop across the Pacific Ocean. Some passenger aircraft still stop at Anchorage on flights between Asia and the eastern United States. On September 1, 1983, one of these flights, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down by a Soviet pilot who had mistaken it for a spy plane, after unintentionally violating Soviet airspace. Cargo carriers, which benefit from short route segments, continue to use Anchorage frequently.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport's passenger traffic has hovered around the five million mark for the last 10 years, apart from in 2002 when the airport suffered a 13% drop in traffic. Fairbanks and Juneau are the next busiest airports though neither managed more than half a million passengers last year. Anchorage traffic peaks in June, July and August when passenger numbers are twice as high as between October and April.[3]

FedEx Express and UPS Airlines operate major hubs at Anchorage International for cargo heading to and from the Far East.[3] NWA Cargo used to operate a major hub at the airport until December 28, 2009 when it closed all operations for Northwest Cargo at all airports. FedEx Express is the airport's largest cargo facility and can handle as many as 13,400 packages per hour, employing more than 1,200 people and providing a full customs clearance system. United Parcel Service's hub handles about 5,000 parcels per hour. Both companies forecast a large growth in traffic over the next several years as trade with China and other Far East countries increases and plan to expand their Anchorage facilities comparatively. The United States Postal Service also operates a large sectional center facility (SCF) for the 995xx ZIP codes. It processes mail and parcels headed to and from all Alaska cities.

Anchorage is also envisioned as a future connecting point for air traffic to the Russian Far East. During the summer season 2008, there was one weekly flight to Russia by Vladivostok Air. Also, there are plans to add flights to Sakhalin in the near future to meet the demands of U.S. oil companies.[4] Many of Alaska's North Slope workers live either in Anchorage or elsewhere in the Lower 48 states and fly through the airport to their jobs in Prudhoe Bay.

The eastern end of the airport's southernmost runway connects to Kulis Air National Guard Base, which is located on land leased by the airport.


Facilities and aircraft

Runway layout at ANC

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport covers 4,500 acres (1,821 ha) and has three asphalt paved runways: 7L/25R measuring 10,600 x 150 ft (3,231 x 46 m), 7R/25L at 10,900 x 150 ft (3,322 x 46 m) and 14/32 at 11,584 x 150 ft (3,531 x 46 m).[1]

For 12-month period ending December 14, 2006, the airport had 289,472 aircraft operations, an average of 793 per day: 37% scheduled commercial, 35% general aviation, 27% air taxi and 1% military. There are 169 aircraft based at this airport: 59% multi-engine, 27% helicopters, 11% military and 3% jet aircraft.[1]

The FAA has forecast total operations for the year 2011 to be 261,375. By the year 2030 this number is expected to rise to 334,279 or 918.882 operations per day.[5]

For 12-month period ending December 31, 2009, the airport had a total of 2,102,088 enplaned passengers go through the terminals.[6]


South Terminal (domestic)

The South Terminal serves Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country, and US Airways. All regional intrastate carriers also use the South Terminal.

North Terminal (international)

The North Terminal serves Condor, and international seasonal charter flights. In addition to these airlines, a few cargo airlines use the north side of the terminal for parking.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Air Canada Seasonal: Vancouver B
Alaska Airlines Adak Island, Barrow, Bethel, Chicago-O'Hare, Cordova, Fairbanks, Honolulu, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, Portland (OR), Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Seattle/Tacoma
Charter: Red Dog Mine
Seasonal: Denver, Dillingham, Kahului, King Salmon, Los Angeles
American Airlines Seasonal: Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth B
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt N International
Continental Airlines Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Detroit
Era Alaska Aniak, Bethel, Cordova, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai, Kodiak, St. Mary’s, Unalakleet, Valdez A
EVA Air Taipei-Taoyuan A
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Denver B
Grant Aviation Homer, Kenai, Kodiak, Valdez L
JetBlue Airways Seasonal: Long Beach B
Korean Air Seasonal charter: Seoul-Incheon N International
Omni Air International Seasonal charter: Las Vegas N International
PenAir Aniak, Cold Bay, Dillingham, King Salmon, McGrath, Sand Point, St. George, St. Paul, Unalakleet, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor L
Shared Aviation Services Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk B
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul B
Swiss International Airlines operated by Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zurich N International
Trans Northern Aviation Seasonal: Alaska Bush Charters L
US Airways Phoenix
Seasonal: Philadelphia[7]

Top destinations

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of ANC
(June 2010 - May 2011) [8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Washington (state) Seattle, WA 658,000 Alaska, Continental
2 Alaska Fairbanks, AK 222,000 Alaska, Era Alaska
3 Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 127,000 Delta, Sun Country
4 Oregon Portland, OR 99,000 Alaska, Continental
5 Illinois Chicago, IL (ORD) 93,000 Alaska, American, Continental
6 Alaska Kenai, AK 83,000 Era Alaska, Grant Aviation
7 Alaska Juneau, AK 71,000 Alaska
8 Utah Salt Lake City, UT 71,000 Delta
9 Alaska Kodiak, AK 66,000 Alaska, Era Alaska, Grant Aviation
10 Alaska Bethel, AK 57,000 Alaska, Era Alaska

Scheduled cargo airlines

Northwest Airlines cargo (now owned by Delta Air Lines) with the Chugach Mountains in the background
Airlines Destinations
Air China Cargo Beijing-Capital, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Shanghai-Pudong
Air Atlanta Icelandic
Alaska Air Cargo Seattle/Tacoma
Alaska Central Express
ANA & JP Express
Asiana Cargo New York-JFK, Seoul-Incheon
Atlas Air
Cargolux Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Cargo Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto-Pearson, New York-JFK
China Airlines Cargo Atlanta, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/ Fort Worth, Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Taipei-Taoyuan
China Southern Cargo Shanghai-Pudong
Empire Airlines
Era Alaska Kodiak, Kenai, Homer, Fairbanks
EVA Air Cargo Atlanta, Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental, New York-JFK, Taipei-Taoyuan
Evergreen International Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Hong Kong, Nagoya-Centrair, New York-JFK
Everts Air Cargo King Salmom
FedEx Express Fort Worth-Alliance, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, Oakland, Osaka-Kansai, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita
Great Wall Airlines Chicago-O'Hare
Kalitta Air Hong Kong, Khabarovsk Novy
Lynden Air Cargo
Nippon Cargo Airlines New York-JFK, Tokyo-Narita
Northern Air Cargo Bethel
Polar Air Cargo Cincinnati, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Seoul-Incheon
Singapore Airlines Cargo Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Nanjing, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
Southern Air Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seoul-Incheon
Transmile Air Services
UPS Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Louisville, Hong Kong, Osaka-Kansai, Newark, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong,
World Airways

Ground transport


A shuttle bus runs approximately every 15 minutes between the North and South terminals and the employee and long-term parking lots. A land-side inter-terminal walkway was completed in 2009. Air-side connections between the sterile areas of each terminal are not available.

To/from airport

Route 7A of the Anchorage People Mover bus system serves the airport's North and South terminals once every hour in each direction, connecting it with the downtown Transit Center and the Dimond Center mall.[9][10]

Taxi queues are available in front of each terminal. Courtesy vans and other ground transportation options pick up from designated areas in front of each terminal.[11]

Major national rental car chains are represented in an on-site consolidated rental facility attached to the South terminal.[12]

There is a rail station for the Alaska Railroad. It is only available during summer season for cruise ship service only.


Renovations began on the A and B concourses in fall 2006. These renovations are designed to bring the older portions into compliance with current seismic, heating, ventilation, electrical and safety codes, and also include new baggage handling systems and renovations to the interior of the concourses.[13] Since the completion of the construction, all domestic flights are operated out of the South Terminal.

Commissioned art pieces

  • Euphony, 2004: Glass Artist - Warren Carther

The piece consists of nine towers of glass, collectively adding up to 42 meters (130 ft) of in span and reaching to 8 meters (26 ft) at its highest point. The series of panels are inspired by Alaska's immensely rugged landscape of glaciers and mountains. The ambiguous images embedded within the sculpture address Alaska’s continual balancing of the forces of technology with the vast powers of the natural world.


The airport features an innovative customer service program, which partners with most on-site (and some nearby) vendors and concessionaires and aims to promote a positive image of the airport and the State of Alaska in the minds of travelers. This volunteer, self-funded committee mystery shops at partnering companies and provides awards of cash, free covered parking, and donated prizes to winning employees.[14][15][16]

Accidents and incidents

  • On 27 March 1964, the airport's control tower, then attached to the main terminal, collapsed during the Good Friday Earthquake. 1 person was killed.
  • On 1 October 1970, Douglas R4D-6 N47 of the Federal Aviation Administration crashed shortly after take-off and was destroyed in the subsequent fire. The aircraft was operating a local training flight. Both crew were killed.[17]
  • On 6 November 1974, Douglas C-47 N76 of the Federal Aviation Administration along with Lockheed L-188 Electra N7140C and NAMC YS-11A N172RV of Reeve Aleutian Airways were destroyed in a hangar fire.[18][19][20]
  • On 4 December 1978, a Learjet 25C carrying U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, his wife Ann, lobbyist and former Alaska Commissioner of Commerce and Economic Development (and future U.S. Ambassador to Brazil) Langhorne A. Motley and four others crashed upon landing. Motley and Ted Stevens were the only survivors.[21]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for ANC (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-03-15
  2. ^ Great Circle Mapper: ANC / PANC - Anchorage, Alaska
  3. ^ a b "Anchorage dominates Alaskan airport landscape; Palin-mania may boost traffic as state gets massive media coverage". anna.aero. 03/10/08. http://www.anna.aero/2008/10/03/anchorage-dominates-alaskan-airport-landscape/. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ FAA Terminal Area Forecast
  6. ^ Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  7. ^ http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=196799&p=irol-newsArticle_print&ID=1432792&highlight=
  8. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=ANC&carrier=FACTS
  9. ^ http://www.peoplemover.org/
  10. ^ http://www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/travelerInfo/busShuttleSrvcs.shtml
  11. ^ http://www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/travelerInfo/taxiSrvcs.shtml
  12. ^ http://www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/travelerInfo/rentalCars.shtml
  13. ^ State of Alaska Department of Transportation
  14. ^ http://www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/about/customerSVS.shtml
  15. ^ http://www.hudsongroupusa.com/award_winning_team.php
  16. ^ http://gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/Trans/comp613.pdf, page 3
  17. ^ "N47 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19701001-2. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  18. ^ "N76 Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19741106-2. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "N7140C Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19741106-0. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  20. ^ "N172RV Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19741106-1. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  21. ^ Lemann, Nicholas (September 30, 1979). "The Great Alaska Feud". Washington Post (Washington): p. B1. 

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