Busiest airport summer ahead

PHOTO/Michael Penn / The Juneau Empire
transportation.jpg With United Parcel Service beginning flights to China six times a week and Korean Air adding a summer schedule that will add 300 seats a week, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is heading into its busiest summer ever, according to airport marketing officials.

"We are looking at a real busy season coming up," said Mort Plumb, director of the airport.

The airport hosted 1,768 international landings and 1, 039 domestic landings in February, an increase of 5.5 percent from February 2000.

According to Airports Council International, Anchorage is now the third busiest cargo airport in the world, behind Hong Kong and Memphis, Tenn., with 179,257 tons of landed cargo in November 2000 -- an increase of 8.3 percent from the previous year.

Anchorage International has 19 international all-cargo airlines and six international all-cargo charter airlines that operate at the Alaska International Airport System airport.

04/21/2001 - 8:00pm