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 becoming available. 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.
Domestic and International Flights to Alaska
In additional to Seattle, direct flights are available from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Kahului (Maui), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Portland, some of which only operate seasonally. The airlines with the most domestic flights to Alaska are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, and United. Direct international flights are available on Condor and Icelandair.
U.S. citizens do not need passports to fly to Alaska from other destinations in the U.S.
Major Airports in Alaska
The airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau are Alaska’s primary ports of entry. Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and the 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 the Juneau International Airport. Service is also available from Seattle to the Inside Passage community of Ketchikan through the Ketchikan International Airport.
Flying within Alaska
The majority of Alaska is not accessible by road, making airplanes essential for travel throughout the state. Alaska Airlines typically offers the most availability for travel to and within Alaska and has partnerships with several smaller carriers for service between additional communities including Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Glacier Bay/Gustavus, Yakutat, Cordova, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Adak, King Salmon, Dillingham, Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Utqiaġvik (Barrow), and Prudhoe Bay. If you’re interested in accessing even more remote communities or destinations you can charter an air taxi service aboard a small bush plane or float plane. Learn more on our Travel within Alaska by Plane page and Flightseeing page.