Anchorage Airport


Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is a high value stop for air cargo carriers.  ANC is currently among the top five in the world for cargo throughput and 2nd largest airport in the United States for landed weight of cargo aircraft. ANC serves nearly 500 wide-body landings per week. Once here, aircraft can take advantage of the 24-7-365 services that are offered here, including INS, ATC, CPB-GSE, Fueling and De-icing.

Air Cargo Transfer Opportunities

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was originally established as a small outpost on the outskirts of Anchorage in 1948. Today, 50 carriers land at ANC, including FedEx and UPS, which have transpacific sort facilities at the airport. ANC serves almost 5 million passengers per year; however, the mainstay of ANC is cargo, which represents 80% of the business at ANC.


Located equidistant from Tokyo and New York, ANC is located only 9.5 hours by air from 90% of the industrialized world, providing unmatched access to the world’s markets. The location is one of the reasons that Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the fifth largest airport in the world in terms of cargo throughput and the second largest in the United States for landed weight of cargo aircraft.

ANC leads the world in snow removal and de-icing capabilities. Five-time winner of the Balchen Post Award for Large Airport Snow Removal Programs, ANC is proud of its record of never closing due to snowfall.

Its liberalized air cargo transfer rights and location allow for both cost and operations efficiencies that are not available elsewhere. Air carriers can achieve efficiencies by locating their aircraft operations centers at this strategic location. For manufacturers and third party logistics providers there are numerous global logistic efficiencies inherent in an Anchorage location.

The Benefits of ANC

  • Modern, state-of- the-art facilities
  • DGVI compatible
  • Hydrant fueling
  • Ample cargo parking and ILS
  • Three runways over 10,500 ft long (3,200 m); longest runway is 12,400 ft long (3,780 m)
  • 24-7-365 customs staffing
  • Hassle-free operations, guaranteed and safe
  • Suitable location for central customer service and repair
  • Final product assembly, packaging, testing and distribution operations
  • International warehousing and distribution of high-value, time sensitive products

The Advantage for Cargo Carriers

  • Alliance partnerships through true interlining capabilities
  • Lower operating costs by eliminating lower revenue producing legs
  • Increased market penetration while also reducing costs by eliminating flights beyond ANC
  • Higher aircraft utilization
  • Opportunities for true transfer and trans-load operations
  • Test market conditions without committing aircraft by utilizing code-share agreements

Cargo Transfer Rights

ANC holds a unique position among international air gateways. In the 1990’s, the US Department of Transportation began to permit air carriers from some countries to conduct expanded cargo activities at ANC. These activities include:

  • Cargo transfer from a foreign carrier’s aircraft to any of its other aircraft
  • Transfer from a foreign carrier to any US air carrier
  • Transfer from one foreign carrier to any other foreign carrier

At Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, location, facilities, service, and one-of-a-kind liberal air cargo regulations mean that air carriers get an unbeatable combination of less risk with higher payoffs.

With 4,612 acres and space available for development, there is tremendous opportunity for new innovation and industry. ANC is determined to become an Aero-Nexus: a meeting point of the aviation industry for fulfilling the existing and emerging needs of the aviation and cargo industries.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is eager to usher in the future offering outstanding service, incredible location advantages, and abundant growth potential to international cargo carriers.


Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, P.O. Box 196960, Anchorage, AK 99519-0663
(907) 266-2545