E-commerce behind solid growth at Anchorage

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Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport experienced solid air cargo growth in 2018 helped by its location between the world’s two largest e-commerce markets.

Air cargo grew by 2.5% to 2.8 million tonnes at the world’s fifth busiest cargo airport, with its geographic position between the world’s two largest economies, which happen to be the largest e-commerce markets proving to be very helpful.

Airport manager Jim Szczesniak says: “Global growth and e-commerce in particular are the driving force behind our solid numbers. In 2018 the airport secured new air cargo airlines and that helps grow our cargo numbers. We are also seeing a lot of growth using Anchorage to connect Latin America and Asia. The perishables market between those two regions is really exploding and Anchorage is strategically located between those markets. Airlines can pair fresh Latin American fruit with some fresh, wild caught Alaskan salmon or king crab and send a balanced meal to Asia.”