ancillary businesses that can benefit from the
strong air cargo connections available at the
airport. Commercial activities such as transshipment hubs, third-party logistics centers,
and integrated repair and return operations,
to name a few, could potentially find a role at
Anchorage. In other words, one way to help
ensure that the cargo airlines continue to stop
in Anchorage, even at such time when technological advances in aircraft design and performance no longer necessitates them to stop, will
be the presence of business reasons for them to
make the stop beyond fuel and crew changes.
Private sector business groups like World
Trade Center Anchorage and the Anchorage
Economic Development Corporation are involved in such recruitment efforts, as is the
State of Alaska’s Department of Commerce,
Community and Economic Development.
Also, of course, the growth of locally-orig-inating cargo (from light manufacturing, for
example) will provide ongoing motivation
for the carriers to stop in Anchorage, as well.
The types of manufactured goods that typically utilize air cargo are those that are low
weight, high value, and time sensitive.
The Anchorage airport is a valuable piece
of transportation infrastructure that continues to pay dividends for Anchorage and the
rest of the state. Its continued growth, and
the growth of businesses that can leverage
its capabilities, offers opportunities for economic diversification and portends a bright
future for the Alaska economy. R
Greg Wolf has
been the Executive
Director of the
World Trade Center
since 2002. Prior
to joining the
Center, he served
as the State of
of International Trade and Market
Development and was the Vice President
of Overseas Projects for the Anchorage
Economic Development Corporation. He
is the founder of the Arctic Ambitions
Conference and Trade Show.
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