Q2 cargo volumes at Anchorage post new high
TED Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) handled record volumes of 900,000 tonnes of cargo in the second quarter of the year as a result of the loss of transpacific passenger flights
TED Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) handled record volumes of 900,000 tonnes of cargo in the second quarter of the year as a result of the loss of transpacific passenger flights.
The cargo tonnage was an increase of 14.5 per cent over than the same quarter last year and ahead of its previous quarterly record of 824,000 tonnes set in the fourth quarter of 2017. For the half-year, volumes are up 7.4 per cent against a year ago at 1.5 million tonnes.
The airport is often used for technical stops by freighters loaded with as much cargo as possible, while the integrators also use the airport as a hub, reports London's Air Cargo News.
'The decimation of trans-Pacific passenger traffic caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has displaced literally hundreds of thousands of tonnes of air cargo that used to fly in the bellies of passenger planes,' said airport manager Jim Szczesniak.
'ANC is the centre of the air cargo world and perfectly situated to capture the increased demand for air freighters. Our air cargo partners recognise the economic benefits and efficiencies that ANC has to offer.'
ANC's widebody freighter traffic has increased nearly 9 per cent this year with an average weekly increase of 26.75 per cent since the beginning of April.