Job seekers gathered at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Sunday to meet with potential employers in the travel industry.

"Gotta pay the bills somehow, student loans are killing me," Thomas Johnson said while checking out the job fair. "Just kind of looking for a future in flying, you know, anything to get my foot in the door. Just trying to take off into the skies, you know."

According to organizers, more than a dozen companies were scheduled to be on-site, looking to fill roughly 400 positions from aviation to hospitality.

"We're always looking for great airframe and power plant mechanics. They're pretty hard to come by, the world's their oyster, so they can go anywhere they'd like," said Everts Air Cargo spokesperson Krista Evans.

The number of passengers moving through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport last summer rose by 4.5 percent compared to 2017. Jim Szczesniak, the airport's manager, predicts business will pick up again by this summer.

"We're specifically looking for equipment operators, airfield electricians and heavy duty equipment mechanics," said Ted Stevens Airfield Maintenance Manager Zaramie Lindseth.

The Anchorage Travel and Tourism Industry Job Fair was sponsored by Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and Northern Air Cargo.

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