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ANC Promotes Safe Travels Program and Traveler Confidence Plan

(ANCHORAGE) –Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is well prepared for travelers and the summer travel season.

“Safe travel is essential to Alaska’s economy, and the Alaskan way of life,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “I’m proud to say our team at ANC and other airports throughout the State of Alaska are helping to protect the health and well-being of travelers.”

“We’ve enhanced our already rigorous cleaning protocols at ANC and outlined them in our Traveler Confidence Plan,” said Airport Manager Jim Szczesniak. “We want the passengers and our airline partners traveling through ANC to take comfort knowing the safety and cleanliness of the terminals are our highest priority.”

ANC’s enhanced cleaning protocols include:

  • Increasing the number of hand sanitizing stations in the airport
  • Using hospital grade disinfectants
  • Deploying dedicated teams frequently sanitizing “high-touch” surfaces
  • Steam-cleaning drinking fountains
  • Using new technology to assist with cleaning
  • Increased frequency of general terminal and restroom cleaning

“We are using a multilayer approach to keep the airport clean and safe. We have recently added UV-C handrail sterilizers on our main escalators to blast the handrails with virus killing UV light in addition to being sanitized by our “high-touch” team. ANC has also increased the footprint of the TSA checkpoint to allow for better social distancing.” Szczesniak said.

The terminal naturally lends to the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases. Nonporous surfaces throughout the terminal allow for the most effective cleaning. Large windows allow direct natural light helping to disinfect and improve air quality. Air handling systems mix fresh outdoor air with recirculated air before being filtered twice through activated carbon filters. Heating and cooling coils are treated with disinfectant and virucide returning virus-free air to the terminal.
To learn more about the ANC Traveler Confidence plan visit www.anchorageairport.com.

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Media Contact: Trudy Wassel;  trudy.wassel@alaska.gov
 Eland Conway;  eland.conway@alaska.gov

About Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is an important gateway to the city of Anchorage and the State of Alaska. More than 5 million passengers fly through ANC annually. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is responsible for approximately 15,577 airport & community jobs, earning $1 billion. That’s 1 in 10 jobs in Anchorage.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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