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Getting to Alaska by Air

plane taxiing into the village of Gambell

Flying is Fastest

Flying to Alaska is as easy and affordable as flying to many familiar vacation spots. More than a dozen airlines have service to Alaska. Direct flights are available from a number of major cities. The airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau are Alaska’s major 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, Washington, 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.