Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport saw a second consecutive summer of passenger traffic growth this year. The airport got 76,000 more passengers between May and September than in 2018 — a 2.5% increase, according to a news release from the airport.

The airport’s growth means growth for the state's economy too. 

"As the gateway to Alaska, the airport works hard to help tourism grow," airport manager Jim Szczesniak wrote in the release. "And ANC will continue with our mission to attract additional airlines, and new destinations. These additional guests to our state, translate to jobs for Alaskans, and tens-of-millions of dollars poured into Alaska’s economy.”

Other carriers added flights or increased capacity for flights to ANC: 

•     United Airlines began daily service to Newark, NJ 
•     Sun Country Airlines began direct service to Las Vegas
•     Air Canada added a second daily flight to Vancouver, Canada 
•     Alaska Airlines added more flights to Seattle 
•     Delta Airlines added flights to Salt Lake City
•     American Airlines began flying planes with more capacity to Dallas and Phoenix

Szczesniak added that the 2019 holiday travel season should help bolster the summer growth. 

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