Air cargo numbers at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport are up for the first half of 2018, according to state officials. 

Air tonnage for January through June increased 5.2 percent to more than 1.34 million metric tons, based on data from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Ted Stevens is the fifth busiest cargo airport in the world, seeing more than 150 wide-body freighter aircraft each day.

"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 airport manager Jim 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.”

The air cargo network at ANC is further strengthened by a provision that allows airlines to transfer cargo between airlines just like passengers who make a connecting flight.

“We are seeing air cargo customers utilize these special transfer rights to increase the efficiency of their networks and that gives them the ability to open new markets," Szczesniak said. "We are also seeing a lot of growth and interest in using ANC as a connection point between Asia and Latin America.”

ANC was also a recent bright spot in a three-year outlook for the local economy released last month by the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., which projects higher cargo and passenger traffic at Alaska's largest airport.

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