Meet me at the Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering on May 2-3. #AvGeek ALERT!! It’s one of the biggest activities at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport all year! The event is at the FedEx Mantenance Hangar past the Post Office—almost to Earthquake Park. Click through for details. Stop in and check out more than 200 displays, including dozens of aircraft!
If you enjoy seeing the planes at the show, you will LOVE the aviation display over at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum on the shores of Lake Hood (also part of the airport!). Ask ANY of the aviation professionals at the show for directions. Just tell them you’re walking, biking or driving, lest they think you’re going to FLY over. HAHA. MORE INFO HERE.
Next month is the start of the busy season at the airport. Existing airlines beef up their schedules for the summer, while seasonal carriers introduce new flights. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights:
– Alaska Air, the largest carrier at the airport, with nonstops from Anchorage to Seattle, Portland, L.A., Honolulu, Chicago, Adak, Kodiak, Cordova, Juneau, Fairbanks, King Salmon, Dillingham, Dutch Harbor, Barrow, Nome, Bethel and Kotzebue.
–Delta Air Lines is increasing the number of flights between Anchorage and Seattle and Minneapolis. Summer-only additions include nonstop flights from Anchorage to Salt Lake and Atlanta.
-American Airlines resumes its seasonal Anchorage-Dallas nonstop on June 4.
-Air Canada starts up its daily Anchorage-Vancouver, BC flight on May 16.
-Condor starts its nonstops from Anchorage to Frankfurt on May 12.
-Icelandair starts its nonstops to Reykjavik on May 14.
-JetBlue starts its Anchorage-Seattle and Anchorage-Long Beach flights on May 14. The Anchorage-Portland nonstops begin June 18.
-Sun Country Airlines offers nonstop flights from Anchorage to Minneapolis starting May 21.
–US Air (now American Air) will continue its daily nonstop between Anchorage and Phoenix .
-United Airlines flies each day from Anchorage to San Francisco, Chicago and Denver. On June 4, it resumes its seasonal Anchorage-Houston nonstop.
-Yakutia Airlines will operate weekly Anchorage-Petropavlavsk-Kamchatsky flights beginning on Jul 11.
In addition to these interstate and international airlines, several regional carriers take travelers all over the state, including:
-PenAir with flights to St. Paul, St. George, Unalakleet, McGrath, Aniak, Cold Bay, King Cove, King Salmon and Dillingham.
-RAVN Alaska offers flights from Anchorage to Valdez, Kenai, Kodiak, Cordova, Homer, Fairbanks, Bethel, Unalakleet…and more.
Stay tuned for springtime updates on where to shop, eat or park. We’ve got tips on taking some of the great craft beer on the flight with you! Oh—and the ART! We’ll have a full report!
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