Photos of the Week: Cargo in Alaska

Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l one of busiest cargo airports on Earth

By BlueSkyStaff

Published January 8, 2024

Read Time: 2 mins


Cargo is sometimes an afterthought for passengers. After all, boxes and packages don’t care which airport they fly through en route to a destination.

But for some airports, cargo business often grabs the headlines — or, in this case, photographs — more than passenger traffic.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) in Alaska is one of the busiest cargo airports in the world. It averages more than 100 widebody aircraft landings a day as carriers headed to and from Asia stop to refuel.

Here, photographer and frequent Blue Sky News contributor Casper Wood captured an image of a UPS McDonnell Douglas MD-11 just before its landing at ANC. An Atlas Air 747 can be seen in the background below the majestic mountain range.

Not to be outdone – but not cargo-related – Matt Slafka took a photo on approach to South Bend International Airport (SBN) in South Bend, Indiana, capturing the University of Notre Dame’s beautiful campus. The gleaming golden dome is hard to miss with the football stadium in the background.

Thanks, Casper and Matt!

Our readers continue to pass along shots of unique aircraft, international airports, historical events, gorgeous views and even family vacation photos for this feature. We love them! Keep them coming — you can click here for submission guidelines.

A United Express flight flies over Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. (Photo submitted by Matthew Slafka)

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