Location, Location, Location

Anchorage’s Biggest Asset

Anchorage offers an unrivaled investment opportunity for companies reliant on air cargo transportation.

Anchorage’s unique location between major markets in Asia and North America have made it a center of Asia-North America air cargo shipment. By refueling and changing crews at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), air carriers can carry less fuel and more cargo, thus increasing revenue per flight. For the large aircraft on trans-Pacific flights, this can add an extra 100,000 pounds of extra cargo per flight.


ANC and the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) comprise the two airports of the Alaska International Airport System. The airports share landing fees and rate structures, but their separation by 200 miles and North America’s highest mountain range provides for two very distinct weather patterns. As a result, there has never been a simultaneous closure of ANC and FAI. Moreover, ANC has never closed due to snow conditions, and is a five-time winner of the Balchen Post Award for excellence in snow removal.

Distribution and Connectivity

ANC offers excellent connectivity to companies reliant on air cargo to ship their goods. Companies requiring an efficient location from which to pack, sort and ship goods bound for both North American and Asian markets can benefit from a location at ANC.

The advantages of ANC’s location as a distribution and sorting point is recognized by one of the largest cargo carriers at the airport: FedEx Express, otherwise known as FedEx. Employing over 1,500 people in the state of Alaska, with most employment centering on ANC, FedEx uses their Anchorage location as efficient point for cargo to:

  • Process through U.S. Customs and Border Patrol quickly and efficiently
  • Sort and consolidate shipments bound for North America, Asia and Alaska destinations
  • Revenue enhancing refueling: stopping in Anchorage allows carriers to carry more cargo and less fuel per flight, thus increasing revenue per flight

Shippers reliant on trans-Pacific air cargo and access to Asia markets can capitalize on these benefits.

Spotlight: Connectivity to Asia

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is a crossroads for world trade and air cargo. Nearly every cargo carrier operating a trans-Pacific route has flights landing in Anchorage. Anchorage’s unique location between East Asia and the contiguous U.S. gives it significant logistics advantages in terms of time and cost to both carriers and shippers of air cargo.

In 2017, ANC handled nearly 3 million tons of air cargo, making it #5 in the world for cargo throughput. Nearly every cargo carrier operating a trans-Pacific flight has flights landing in Anchorage. ANC sees approximately 40 carriers conducting cargo operations at ANC, including 15 signatory cargo carriers operating international flights. (Source: Alaska Dept. of Transportation)

Carriers and Connections

Daily Cargo Connections

Markets averaging at least 1 freighter flight per day to or from ANC in 2016.

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Seoul/Incheon, South Korea
  • Los Angeles
  • Louisville
  • Memphis
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Oakland
  • Ontario, CA
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Shanghai, China
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tokyo, Japan

Weekly Cargo Connections

Markets averaging at least 1 freighter flight per week to or from ANC in 2016.

  • Boeing Field, WA
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Columbus
  • Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Guanzhou, China
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Houston
  • Huntsville
  • Indianapolis
  • Newark
  • Portland, OR
  • Rockford
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Shenzen, China
  • Tianjin, China
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Vancouver, British Colombia
  • Zhengzou, China

Signatory Cargo Carriers

Signatory cargo carriers commit to a minimum of 156 landings at ANC per 12 month period. Most signatory cargo carriers exceed this number by a great deal.

  • Air China Cargo
  • Atlas Air
  • Cargolux Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • China Airlines
  • China Cargo Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Eva Airways
  • Federal Express
  • Kalitta Air
  • Korean Airlines
  • Nippon Cargo Airlines
  • Polar Air Cargo
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo
  • United Parcel Service


Passenger and belly cargo service at ANC can be divided into two broad categories: Peak and Off-Peak Season. ANC is unique in having more extensive destinations outside Alaska for dedicated cargo than passenger aircraft.


Does not include intra-Alaska routes.


Does not include intra-Alaska routes.