Anchorage first half airport volumes on top of the world
07 / 08 / 2018
Alaska's Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) reported a 5.2% rise in first half 2018 cargo volumes to more than 1.34m tonnes.
"Anchorage Airport’s strategic location gives air cargo operators the ability to fly fully-loaded aircraft between Asia, the US, Europe, and Latin America," said Jim Szczesniak, airport manager at the world’s 5th busiest air cargo airport and the major US gateway for transpacific airfreight.
Added Szczesniak:"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.
”Special air cargo transfer rights contribute to the strength of ANC’s air cargo network. Airlines are allowed to transfer cargo between aircraft just like passengers making a connection at a hub airport."
ANC handles over 150 wide-body freighter aircraft per day and hosts "significant" operations from the major integrators: UPS, FedEx, and DHL.
Szczesniak said that the hub is seeing customers utilize the special air cargo transfer rights to "increase the efficiency of their networks, and that gives them the ability to open new markets".
Airport cargo managers are also seeing "a lot of growth and interest" in using ANC as a connection point between Asia and Latin America.
”This growth in air cargo traffic is also being replicated in the passenger market. Passenger numbers this year are also showing growth," added Szczesniak.
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