New Partnership Capitalizes on Alaska’s Potential in Global Air Cargo Commerce - Global Trade Magazine
  March 4th, 2016 | Written by

New Partnership Capitalizes on Alaska’s Potential in Global Air Cargo Commerce

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  • Partnership seeks to take advantage of Anchorage’s proximity to Asia and North America markets.
  • Bill Popp, Anchorage EDC CEO: Establishing airport as a fully realized AeroNexus will result in significant investments.
  • Investments in Anchorage by targeted industries would increase jobs, property taxes and opportunities.

A new partnership between the Alaska International Airport System, the Municipality of Anchorage, and the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. aims to increase economic opportunity, growth and diversification in the state through enhanced coordination efforts in aviation and air cargo-based industries.

Taking advantage of Anchorage’s unique proximity to Asia and North America markets, the Alaska AeroNexus Alliance will provide a partnership for the three organizations to plan and coordinate common action, leverage resources and aggressively pursue economic opportunities and investments from instate, national, and international business interests.

“The Alaska AeroNexus Alliance partners share numerous economic and workforce goals that are vital to the future economic growth and diversification of Anchorage and Alaska,” said Bill Popp, AEDC president and CEO. “Unifying our efforts and establishing the Ted Stevens International Airport, part of the Alaska International Airport System, as a fully realized AeroNexus will result in significant new business investments. We are optimistic about the opportunities the new partnership will bring to the state.”

As the nation’s second largest hub for air cargo commerce and international trade between the U.S. and Asia, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (TSAIA) is uniquely positioned to be a key player in aviation and global air cargo industries. Through the new partnership, the state’s largest airport, TSAIA would add efficiency to global air cargo supply chains through saving time and money for shippers, third-party logistics providers and manufacturers; increasing the reliability of air cargo; and decreasing risk associated with longer distances and shipping times. Resulting investments in Anchorage by targeted industry companies will result in increased local jobs, property taxes and increased economic opportunities for the citizens and businesses of Anchorage and Alaska.

Efforts of the Alaska AeroNexus Alliance include identifying strategic investment opportunities and needs, such as infrastructure investments and workforce training, and gathering necessary resources to fully develop these opportunities into realized investments in TSAIA and Anchorage. These efforts will assure TSAIA’s continued dominance as a key strategic air cargo hub for trade between the U.S. and the world.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is part of the Alaska International Airport System, a partnership with Fairbanks International Airport.  The combined airports offer a unique partnership that provides backup support and services to international air cargo carriers using the system. AeroNexus is a registered trademark of the Alaska International Airport System.

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