(CNN) – Alaska’s Anchorage International Airport lacks Singapore Changi Falls and Rajjamataj or Chicago O’Hare’s eight runways.
But this ruthless little airport, consistent between New York and Tokyo, has grown in popularity lately.
It is now the busiest airport in the world … at least on some Saturdays.
“Saturday is a busy day for cargo operations, which is our bread and butter, but it’s also the slowest day for passenger service,” explained airport director Jim Sajesniak via video call.
“So for example, on Saturday, May 2nd, we had 7444 flights operating in Anchorage, with only 5,579 in Chicago and 529 in Atlanta.”
On Saturday 25 April the English briefly snatched the world’s busiest title.
Top of the world
Coronavirus epidemic means passenger traffic is currently down more than 90%, according to ACI World Director General Angela Gittens. “The demand is pretty much gone.”
One area that has been growing, however, is cargo traffic, which is why Anchorage Airport – the fifth-busiest cargo airport in the world in general – is on board.
“We are seeing an increase in the capacity of the cargo capacity,” Jazzniak said. “And that’s mainly because America has a lot of supplies to fight North America’s covid produced in Asia.”
The English is located in the perfect location of geographical advantage, with the airport saying 90% to 9.5 hours of flight time in the industrialized world.
Its location at the top of the world means that the planes “go up and go up [of the globe] “To shorten the distance,” says Jeskesnyak.
“The advantage of anchorage is that the planes can fly full of cargo but only half full of fuel. They fly to the anchorage and then refuel and then reach their destination.”
Small airports could do that
“We usually use different areas of the airport to arrange parking,” Jazznesiak said.
The airport hosted the largest aircraft ever built, the Antonov Un-225 Desperate Cargo, and some of the sport’s top hosts – the New England Patriots stopped here because it was a supply plane between Boston and Asia.
In order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, the crew of the aircraft passing through England “reduced their ability to communicate with the Alaskans,” Jazznyak explained. They use private transport to and from hotels and avoid mixing with ground crews.
“After the cornovirus, we think Alaska will become quite a popular tourist destination,” Jazzniak said. “You know, they tell you to stay six feet away from people. In Alaska you can come here and have a wonderful vacation and no one can stay within six miles.”
There are about gla0 glaciers within a 50-mile radius of the airport, and the most endangered wildlife in the United States is home to some of the strongest national parks and archives. There’s mountaineering, there’s fishing, there’s white-water rafting and more; This is ideal for backwoods adventurers.
The airport, using all hospital-grade disinfectants, is preparing to return passenger service by improving the clean-up program Covid-19 war-ready standards.
At the terminal, they added UV LED light sanitizing to the escalator handrails. “As soon as the handrails travel to the machine, they will be blasted with UV light to kill any microorganisms, viruses or bacteria that happen to them,” said Jaxseniak.
$ 97 billion loss
According to real-time flight tracking site FlightDar24, during our video call between London and Anchorage, there were 90 flights from the UK capital to Alaskan Airport.
“There are more aircraft in the sky now and more than Anchorage in the sky compared to both JFK and Lagardia,” Jesskasniak said.
The world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, saw 110.5 million passengers in 2019. However, in the first quarter of 2020, Atlanta Airport dropped 20.7 million passengers compared to the same period last year, an increase of 16%.
The aircraft industry is set to lose $ 9 billion in revenue by 2020, and recovery is likely to be a slow and painful process.
The team at Anchorage is proud of their efforts to facilitate the transportation of medical supplies at this time of global need – but they are hopeful that their time as record holders will be graciously shortened at times.
CNN’s Marnie Hunter contributed to this report