Anchorage International Airport Master Plan Update Now Complete
December 12, 2014
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) has completed its Master Plan Update, which will help guide future airport development. The Master Plan Update is now available online at www.ancmasterplan.com/library.
Print copies of the Master Plan Update may be viewed at the Z.J. Loussac Library (3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, AK, 99503) and at the ANC Administration Offices (5000 West International Airport Road, Anchorage, AK, 99502, 4th Floor).
The Airport would like to thank the individuals, organizations, and businesses that participated in the Master Plan Update process. Input provided by the diverse range of Master Plan Update participants was vital to the development and assessment of alternatives and, ultimately, to the selection of the demand dependent, phased approach for the Plan for Future Development.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will continue to serve an integral transportation role in Alaska and the world. Developed through a thorough and inclusive planning process, the Master Plan Update will strategically position the Airport for the future and assist the Airport in continuing to meet its mission to “develop, operate, and maintain the Airport for Anchorage, Alaska, and the World.”
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Master Plan Update strategically positions the Airport for the future by maximizing operational efficiency and business effectiveness, as well as maximizing property availability for aviation development through efficient planning. The Master Plan Update was initiated in June 2012 and concluded in 2014. The Master Plan Update included a robust public and stakeholder involvement program. The Airport entered into a contract with the firm Reynolds Smith and Hills, Inc. (RS&H) to lead this effort.
Community participation and input was at the heart of this Master Plan Update and a part of the process from June 2012 to the Mater Plan Update's conclusion and included 7 public open houses, 7 Working Group meetings, 5 Technical Advisory Committee meetings, 280,000 postcard notifications, 22 e-newsletters and 75 stakeholder meetings. Since the project's initiation in the summer of 2012, the Anchorage International Airport Master Plan Update team accepted and responded to public comments using a series of five comment response reports (available in the project website library).
What is a Master Plan Update and why is it needed?
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), "an airport master plan is a comprehensive study of an airport and usually describes the short-, medium-, and long-term development plans to meet future aviation demand." United States commercial service airports are encouraged by the FAA to update master plans every five to seven years.
It has been 10 years since the last Master Plan Update was adopted for Anchorage International Airport in 2002. A partial update was undertaken between 2006 and 2008 that resulted in a study report but was not adopted.
This Master Plan Update was necessary so that the Airport can make informed decisions about infrastructure investments and is prepared to meet future demand for landings and take offs, passengers, cargo, and general aviation.