Airport planners in Anchorage are considering Fairbanks as a possible outlet for the expected growth in air cargo volume in Alaska's largest city.

Anchorage handles the second-highest volume of cargo among U.S. airports but continued growth between North America and Asia is expected to outstrip capacity at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in the future.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports an alternative that planners at the Anchorage airport are looking at would be to send many of those cargo planes to Fairbanks to ease congestion in Anchorage while keeping those flights in Alaska.

The plan would provide capacity for another 23,000 flights to Anchorage before Fairbanks was needed as a secondary destination. Anchorage Airport Manager John Parrott says that scenario would probably be at least several years away.