Alaska entities have formed a new partnership to promote new air cargo-related investment at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), the world’s fourth-busiest air cargo airport in terms of cargo throughput in 2015. The newly formed Alaska AeroNexus® Alliance is a partnership between the Alaska International Airport System, the Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. The Alliance is pursuing emerging opportunities for value-added logistics operations in several industries, including pharmaceuticals, as well as automotive and consumer electronics. ANC’s unique location between major markets in Asia and North America offers logistics advantages to companies reliant on trans-Pacific shipping. The partnership is exploring ways to add efficiency to global air cargo supply chains through saving time and money for shippers, third-party logistics providers and manufacturers; increasing the reliability of air cargo, and decreasing risk associated with longer distances and shipping times. Services to be offered by the Alaska AeroNexus® Alliance to prospective companies include site selection and workforce development assistance.
About Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) plays a vital role in international air cargo. Roughly 80 percent of air cargo between Asia and the U.S. passes through ANC. Located 9.5 hours from 90 percent of the industrialized world, ANC offers unique revenue enhancement opportunities to international cargo carriers. By utilizing ANC, international cargo flights can carry less fuel while carrying significantly more cargo. For a flight from Hong Kong to Oakland, a stop in ANC can mean an additional 100,000 pounds of cargo capacity. Alaska airports also boast the most flexible cargo transfer regulations in the US. Foreign air carriers are free to deplane and enplane cargo, as well as exchange loads between aircraft at no penalty. ANC sees approximately 500 wide-body aircraft landings per week. These factors contribute to ANC having the second-highest annual cargo volume in the Western Hemisphere.