Travel To Alaska: By Air
Alaska is located northwest of Washington State and west of Canada’s Yukon. Many Alaska-bound flight itineraries include a stop at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle — the closest major airport to the state — while more and more direct flights are also available from U.S. cities.
The airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau are Alaska’s primary ports of entry. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the largest and most heavily trafficked airport in the state. Fairbanks is Alaska’s second-largest city and the chief transportation hub in the Interior region. Visitors can fly in and out of Fairbanks International Airport to destinations worldwide. Juneau is Alaska’s capital city, located in the Inside Passage. The coastal communities of Southeast Alaska are accessible via Juneau International Airport. Jet service is also available from Seattle to the Inside Passage community of Ketchikan.
Jet flights from Seattle take about two-and-a-half hours to reach Juneau, and three-and-a-half to four hours to Anchorage and Fairbanks. Alaska Airlines typically offers the most availability for travel to and within Alaska, and has partnerships with several smaller carriers for service between more rural communities in the state. Other communities with jet service in Alaska include Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Glacier Bay/Gustavus, Yakutat, Cordova, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Adak, King Salmon, Dillingham, Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow and Prudhoe Bay.