Anchorage International Airport Explores Public Private Partnership to Operate International Terminal

(Photo: Rob Stapleton ANC)

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (IATA: ANC) has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a public private partnership to operate and manage the international terminal at the airport. It said that by partnering with the private sector, it will be better positioned to capture future passenger growth and meet the expectations of today’s international passenger.

Jim Szczesniak ANC’s airport manager commented: “The airport has an existing eight-gate international terminal that is ideally positioned to capture a portion of the forecast growth in air travel between Asia and North America.

“The terminal has a great history. In its peak the duty-free store generated over $100-million in annual sales and the terminal can handle eight wide-body aircraft at a time.”

The airport said the EOI will gauge the level of interest in a public private partnership for a third-party operator to take over the operations and management of its International Terminal. It added that “Through phasing, the ideal company will bring the terminal up to modern standards of experience and environment that international travellers expect; upgrading the common areas, operating high quality stores, restaurants, and the VIP lounge. The operator would also assist in international air service development.”

ANC is the world’s fifth busiest air cargo airport and handles just under 3 million metric tonnes of air cargo per year. Seventy-nine percent of all Asia to North America freighter aircraft take advantage of ANC’s strategic location and special air cargo transfer rights to run a more efficient air cargo operation.