Ever since the 16th century when France
added the noun “cabotage” to the world trading dictionary,
declaring that only French ships could trade in French ports, the rule
has spread from ships to airplanes, to rail and road transport all over
Well, move over cabotage, here comes Anchorage,
Smack Dab In The Middle
“Our big claim to fame in Anchorage
is that oft repeated phrase that we are located in the center of the world.
“Well in fact we are!” Jim Szczesniak,
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Manager exclaims.
"Anchorage by any measure is nine hours
from 90% of the industrial world,” Jim said.
“What we are trying to market is that
the connectivity of our airport is unbeatable.
“On a daily basis, for example I have
21 non-stop flights to markets that we serve with main deck freighters,
“Extending that number to weekly freighter
services, we serve 23 markets.
“So bringing cargo to Anchorage offers
a unique opportunity to do exchanges in a cargo hub-and-spoke type of
“Anchorage has cargo transfer rights
that essentially make cargo cabotage legal.
“That means you bring your cargo into
Anchorage and move it around and take advantage of the daily flight menu
that includes plenty of opportunities to deliver goods to Hong Kong, Shanghai
and Chicago,” to name a few cities.
“But we also have flights into a bunch
of smaller markets, including Wuhan and Cheng Xiao.
“Recently we have added flights serving
Anchorage from Mexico City and Guadalahara, extending our gateway possibilities
with all the markets that we serve.
“We are upgrading our infrastructure
by adding some handling facilities and cargo stand parking positions,
so we recognize the challenges and are working to meet or exceed them,”
Mr. Szczesniak (pronounced sez-nee-ak) said.
“But actually right now we are in
“In fact our biggest challenge amongst
people in transportation is that many simply do not believe our connectivity
“It feels illegal to move air cargo
like you can in Anchorage,” Jim laughs, “but it is not,”
“At the end of the day maybe that is a best kept-secret but in 2019
I am out to tell everybody.
“Come to Anchorage and discover a whole new possibility.
“It feels so good, it must be illegal,” he smiled.