Anchorage airport air cargo traffic up for 1st half of 2018

Air cargo traffic at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has increased during the first half of this year, state officials said.

Data from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities shows air tonnage increased 5.2 percent to more than 1.34 million metric tons from January to June, KTVA-TV reported Tuesday.

More than 150 wide-body freighter aircraft pass through Alaska's largest airport each day, ranking it among the busiest cargo airports in the world, according to the data.

The airport's location provides cargo access to cities on four continents, said Jim Szczesniak, the airport manager.

"Anchorage airport's strategic location gives air cargo operators the ability to fly fully-loaded aircraft between Asia, the United States, Europe and Latin America," Szczesniak said.

The airport's cargo network is also strengthened by a provision allowing airlines to transfer cargo between planes like they would passengers who make connecting flights.

"We are seeing air cargo customers utilize these special tra....

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