Air Transport World

Trying harder on the tundra: Fairbanks international is chasing Anchorage for No. 1 status in Alaska and is making headway, particularly in cargo.

Fairbanks-Fairbanks International Airport echoes the well-known advertising theme of Avis's contest with Hertz: "We're No. 2, so we have to try harder." No. 1 in this case is Anchorage International.

This is not exactly a battle between giants-Anchorage's population is only about 250,000 and Fairbanks's is about one tenth of that. And air-transport traffic at Anchorage, for years the primary en route stop for North Pacific flights between U.S. or Europe and the Orient, also leads traffic at Fairbanks by far.

In fiscal 1990, ended June 30, Fairbanks enplaned 281,000 passengers, handled 6,250 tons of terminating freight and 21,000 tons of outgoing freight, and recorded 5,268 revenue landings of scheduled jet airliners out of a grand total of 15,309 operations, including commuter and corporate aircraft landings. In calender year 1989, Anchorage enplaned 1,523,500 passengers, up 8.7% from the previous year, handled 104,775 tons of freight, up 4. …

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