Alaskan airport 5th in world for air cargo

Passengers boarding a plane at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alaska. (Mark Thiessen/AP Photo)
Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage is the fifth busiest hub for air cargo in the world.

According to a release from the state Department of Transportation today, that’s up one spot from 2016, although down from a high of 3rd place in recent years.

In 2017, the amount of cargo moving through the airport increased by about seven percent. In total, around three million tons of freight landed at Ted Stevens.

Alaska’s largest airport is a strategic stopping point for air cargo transiting between North America, Asia and Europe. According to DOT, each day around 75 large cargo jets land, many for re-fueling and freight transfer services.

The world’s busiest airport for cargo is in Hong Kong, followed by Memphis, Tenn., Shanghai, China and Incheon, Korea.

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Canada: Nunavut gears up for increase in Arctic tourism, Radio Canada International

Finland: Flights to Lapland help Finnair triple 2017 profits, YLE News

Norway: Murmansk-Oslo gets first ever flight link, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Millions more flights from Swedish airports despite environmental toll, YLE News

United States: Federal agency to investigate ‘avoidable’ plane crashes in Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media

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