ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport says a record-breaking number of people went in and out of the airport this past summer.
ANC says it saw an additional 76,000 passengers, a 2.5% increase, traveling through the airport from May through September.
"Alaska is among the top five ‘coolest’ U.S. destinations,” said Jim Szczesniak, Airport Manager. “As the gateway to Alaska, the airport works hard to help tourism grow, 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.”
According to a press release from ANC, the following factors were at play:
- Allegiant Airlines began summer seasonal service to Bellingham, Washington
- United Airlines increased service to Newark, New Jersey, with daily flights
- Sun Country airlines added direct service to Las Vegas, Nevada
- Air Canada added a second daily flight to Vancouver, Canada
- Alaska Airlines added flights to Seattle, Washington
- Delta Airlines added flights to Salt Lake City, Utah
- American Airlines increased capacity by flying larger aircraft to Dallas, Texas, with the Boeing 787, and to Phoenix, Arizona, with the Airbus 321neo
“My message continues to be that Alaska is open for business,” said Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy. “I am encouraged by these record-setting passenger traffic numbers and the positive impact it has on our local and statewide economies. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport remains a bright spot in Alaska’s growing economy as they continue to build new partnerships and expand business from existing customers.”
Here are the top five destinations ANC says travelers went this summer:
- Seattle, WA
- Chicago, IL
- Minneapolis, IN
- Portland, OR
- Fairbanks, Alaska
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