Are you planning a trip to Alaska? The US state located to the west of Canada’s Yukon territory has three main airports –Anchorage/Ted Stevens, Fairbanks and Juneau– and while they can be accessed from many cities in the United States and some overseas origin airports either with a direct flight or by making a stopover in Seattle Tacoma International, travellers have the possibility to choose which airport in Alaska suits their travel needs best according to their final destination in the state, their trip itinerary or their favorite airline. Below you will find practical information about each one of these international airports in Alaska, including their location, airlines, routes, terminals, transport options and nearby hotels, so that you can make an informed choice before travelling.
Anchorage – Ted Stevens International airport
It takes three hours and thirty minutes to reach Anchorage airport (IATA code: ANC) from Seattle Tacoma aboard a domestic flight, thus landing in the largest and busiest international airport in Alaska, which is in turn a major FedEx hub conveniently situated almost halfway between the cities of Tokyo and New York and eight kilometers from the downtown. Choosing this airport is suitable for both travellers visiting Anchorage or transferring to domestic flights towards smaller towns within the state.
Flights to Anchorage in Alaska
ANC receives more than thirty five different non-stop routes that originate in the United States, Canada, Germany and Russia, and domestic airline companies are in charge of connecting Anchorage with forty eight states and Hawaii all year round or on a seasonal basis. The non-stop international flights to Anchorage in Alaska are operated by Condor, Icelandair and Air Canada, while direct services from Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago and Minneapolis are handled by Alaska Airlines, Delta, United, American Airlines and -in the summer season- Sun Country.
Terminals of ANC airport in Alaska
Anchorage-Ted Stevens airport has two main passenger terminals: a domestic one (the South Terminal) and an international one (the North Terminal). Passengers of flights operated by Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, United, Delta or Sun Country will board and depart from concourse A, B or C of the South terminal, whereas passengers of flights operated by Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Yakutia or seasonal charters must head to the North terminal. Condor passengers arrive through the international building and depart from the domestic one.
Ground transportation in Anchorage airport
A free shuttle transports passengers from the domestic terminal to the parking lot and the rental car facilities every 15 minutes, while those who need to go from the international building to the other areas of the airport must request the service by telephone. Taxis are available on the curbside at the North terminal and on the ground transportation island at the South terminal, although budget travellers may opt for the public buses linking to the downtown every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 23:00 every day.
Closest hotels to Anchorage airport in Alaska
Should you need to stay overnight at the airport or sleep a few hours before your flight out of Anchorage, you can book a hotel room near the premises. Our recommended hotels have been rated 3 stars, offer free transportation for guests to and from the terminals regardless of the time of arrival and are located within 2 kilometres of the public area. Firstly, the Coast Inn at Lake Hood, affording beautiful lake views and providing private parking spaces, spacious family rooms, onsite gym, restaurant and free in-room WiFi. Secondly, the Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage airport features fully equipped rooms with microwave, mini fridge, coffee amenities and extra large beds, all complemented with room service and an indoor pool. The Alex Hotel and Suites provides shuttle services to other domestic airports in Alaska, and most of its ample accessible guest rooms have a living area; besides, the nightly rate includes breakfast.
Fairbanks International airport
Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska, and it takes three hours and thirty minutes to fly to its airport from SeaTac, although many travellers land here aboard international flights from Canada and Germany. Situated only five kilometres away from the business district, Fairbanks airport (IATA code: FAI) is also chosen by visitors heading to the nearby towns of College, Palmer, Sterling and Kenai or even to Dawson City and Beaver Creek in Canada.
Flights to Fairbanks in Alaska
Weekly routes to Frankfurt are managed weekly by Condor Airlines in the summer months, as well as international flights to destinations in Canada. Within Alaska, you can fly from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Deadhorse, Utqiagvik, Arctic Village, Allakaket, Eagle, Huslia, Rampart, Galena and Lake Minchumina, among other local airports; Delta Airlines operates flights to and from Minneapolis St. Paul, Seattle Tacoma and Salt Lake City; United flies between Fairbanks and Denver, and American Airlines flies to Chicago O’hare and Dallas Fort Worth in the summer period.
Terminals of FAI airport
Fairbanks international airport has one terminal building with seven gates
How to travel from the facilities of the airport
Car rental companies like Budget, Avis and Hertz offer their services on site, along with shuttle transfers and taxi cabs that can be requested upon arrival. There is a public parking lot located right in front of the terminal facilities, which is divided into a short-term/accessible area and a long-term area.
Transit hotel near Fairbanks airport in Alaska
La Quinta by Wyndham Fairbanks airport is a 3-star accommodation found only 800 metres away from the passenger terminal that offers free shuttle transportation for guests and complimentary WiFi. It has an American restaurant and soundproofed ample rooms and suites equipped with bathroom and kitchenette. You may book family units as well as accessible rooms. Additionally, you may benefit from other convenient features such as laundry service, a gift shop and a business centre inside the premises.
Juneau International airport in the capital of Alaska
A flight from Seattle Tacoma in the United States to Juneau airport (IATA code: JNU) in the capital city of Alaska takes two hours and thirty minutes. Travellers visiting the coastal regions on the southeast tend to prefer flying into Juneau, even when its business district has no direct access by road, because they can travel by seaplane to an array of domestic destinations from the airport.
Flights to and from Juneau
Alaska airlines operates flights from Seattle Tacoma to Juneau all year round, and it also connects the capital city of Alaska with other domestic airports such as Anchorage, Cordova, Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell. Delta has a seasonal route to and from SeaTac too. Island Air Express flies to Ketchikan and Klawoc, and Alaska Seaplanes transports passengers from Juneau to Angoon, Elfin Cove, Pelican, Tenakee Springs, Haines and Kake, among other areas.
Terminals of JNU
The airport of Juneau has one terminal building with a dedicated zone for seaplane landing.
Ground transportation at Juneau airport
Travellers who arrive in Alaska through Juneau may commute to the downtown after landing using public buses by Capital Transit, requesting shuttle services by the hotel they have a reservation with, renting a car from Alamo, Avis, National, Enterprise, Budget or Hertz, by taxi or by limousine.
Airport hotel in Juneau
Should you need to stay overnight near the facilities of Juneau airport in Alaska, you may make a reservation with the Aspen Suites Hotel, conveniently located less than one kilometre from the airport terminal. It takes 5 minutes to arrive by car or 12 minutes if you choose to walk. It offers fully equipped rooms with a kitchenette, free high-speed wireless internet, TV and DVD, work desk and living area. Rooms fall into the categories of double (with one king-size bed) or family ones (featuring two double beds). Guests are granted access to a 24-hour fitness centre, a laundry room, a business centre and several vending machines with snacks and drinks.
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