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What Airports are There in Alaska?

Alaska is one of the biggest and least populated states in the U.S., with many cities that don’t have roads leading to them. As a result, the only two means to get to them are via plane or ship. For this reason, Alaska appears to be the state with the most airports per capita in the country. Almost every town in the state has at least one airport.

There are 282 public and 288 private airports in the state. Those located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau cities are the largest airports in Alaska. In total, they host around 3.6 million passengers every year. There are three commercial service airports in Anchorage since it’s the largest city in the state.

Alaska has three international airports: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Juneau International Airport (JNU), and Ketchikan International Airport (KTN). ANC is the state’s busiest airport, serving over 2.5 million people per year. Its on-time arrival performance is significantly better than the average in the U.S. (85.19% in comparison with 79.99%). The on-time departure performance is also excellent, at 91.08% compared to the 81.56% average in the state. The smallest one on the Alaska airports map is Marshall Don Hunter Sr. Airport (MLL), with approximately 3 thousand passengers per year.

ll state’s airports have around 4.9 million visitors per year, adding 0.58% to the total air traffic of the United States. All Alaska airports code can be found.

List of Airports in Alaska

  • 1. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Every year, over 261 thousand aircraft take off and land at this municipal airport. It collaborates with 16 airlines and offers 45 direct flights to places all over the world. It is also one of the top five airports in the world in terms of cargo throughput.
  • 2. Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). This public airport is the second one on the list of major airports in Alaska. It provides scheduled non-stop international flights. It has around 538 thousand enplanements and 119 thousand aircraft operations every year. FAI collaborates with 12 airlines. The most popular destination is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), WA.
  • 3. Juneau International Airport (JNU). Between January 1 and July 28, 2021, there were 138 thousand enplanements in this public-use airport. The most popular domestic destination is Anchorage. An air taxi is the most popular aircraft operation there.
  • 4. Bethel Airport (BET). This public-use airport has around 122 thousand aircraft operations per year (average 334 per day). It provides scheduled flights to 34 destinations. The most sought-after destination is Anchorage. Three major airlines serve the airport.
  • 5. Ketchikan International Airport (KTN). On average, it has 127 thousand enplanements per year. The busiest destination in 2020 is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA (around 41 thousand people).


The two biggest international airports in the state are served by 30 airlines. They fly to Alaska, the United States, Europe, and Asia as well. So, the flights in Alaska airports are served by such big airlines as:

  • 1. Alaska Airlines
  • 2. American Airlines
  • 3. United Airlines
  • 4. Allegiant Air
  • 5. Grant Aviation
  • 6. Corvus Airlines (Ravn Alaska)
  • 7. Sun Country Airlines
  • 8. Ryan Air

International flights are provided by the following airlines:

  • 1. Icelandair
  • 2. Air Canada
  • 3. Eurowings Discover

Alaska Airlines has a partnership with a bunch of smaller carriers that service flights between communities (Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Glacier Bay/Gustavus, Yakutat, etc.).

Popular Destinations

The most popular destinations in Alaska airports are those that can only be reached by air. They are as follows:

  • 1. Anchorage (55% of total searches on the web)
  • 2. Fairbanks (28%)
  • 3. Juneau (8%)
  • 4. Ketchikan (4%)
  • 5. Sitka (1%)
  • 6. Kodiak (1%)


The two biggest airports in Alaska—Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) and Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)—were transferred from the federal government to the state in 1959, eight years after they started functioning. This was provided by the Alaska Statehood Act. Nevertheless, the state didn’t take over management until 1960. The Alaska International Airport System (AIAS) was established in 1961 by the Alaska State Legislature. Since then, it has operated as a public enterprise fund under the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.

Alaska Aviation Museum

The Alaska Aviation Museum is located near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), on Lake Hood, the world’s busiest seaplane base. It’s one of the most popular attractions in Anchorage. The museum is dedicated to the history of aviation in Alaska. There are interactive displays, photographs, films, various collections, and even a vintage airplane that is still in service.