Anchorage Airport sees cargo volumes increase 14.5%
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport’s (ANC) second quarter cargo tonnage increased by 14.5 percent compared to the second quarter of last year, and the airport saw saw a 7.38 percent increase in cargo tonnage in the first half of 2020.
The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced ANC’s prominence in air cargo.?So far, more than 1.5 million tonnes of cargo have moved through ANC this year.
900,000 tonnes of cargo came through ANC this quarter, which has set a record, topping 824,000 tonnes of cargo processed by the airport in its fourth quarter of 2017.
ANC’s widebody freighter traffic has increased nearly 9 percent this year with an average weekly increase of 26.75 percent since the beginning of April.
“ANC continues to be a bright spot in the Alaskan economy,” said Governor of Alaska Mike Dunleavy. “We’re grateful to the many Alaskans that are on the front lines at ANC, ensuring critical PPE and other goods make their way to the hospitals that are so important at a time like this,?to the businesses that are struggling to keep their doors open, and to the doorsteps of consumers across the globe.”
“The decimation of trans-Pacific passenger traffic caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has displaced literally hundreds of thousands of tons of air cargo that used to fly in the bellies of passenger planes,” said Airport manager Jim Szczesniak. “ANC is the center of the air cargo world and perfectly situated to capture the increased demand for air freighters. Our air cargo partners recognize the economic benefits and efficiencies that ANC has to offer.”
“The ANC team works very hard to provide a safe and efficient environment for our airline partners.?We’re grateful our hard work is being recognized by being nominated for this prestigious award,” Szczesniak said.