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Flying is the most common and convenient way to reach Alaska. Major international airports in Alaska include Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airport in Fairbanks.
Here’s how to get to Alaska by air:
- From the Continental United States: Travelers from the contiguous United States can find direct flights to Alaska from major cities like Seattle, Denver, and Minneapolis. Airlines like Alaska Airlines, Delta, and American Airlines operate these routes. On average, direct flights from the West Coast to major Alaskan cities take approximately 5 to 7 hours, while flights from the East Coast may take 8 to 10 hours.
- From Canada: Canadian travelers can find direct flights from cities like Vancouver and Calgary to Alaska. Airlines like Air Canada and WestJet offer these flights. Flight durations can vary based on your departure location in Canada but typically range from 3 to 5 hours.
- From Europe and Asia: Travelers from Europe and Asia can reach Alaska with connecting flights through major U.S. cities. For those traveling from Asia, cities like Tokyo and Seoul serve as common departure points for connecting flights to Alaska.
How Long Is the Flight to Alaska?
The average flight time to Alaska, specifically to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, can vary depending on the departure city, airline, and route. Here are approximate flight times from some of the most common origins:
- Seattle, USA: Around 3 to 3.5 hours
- Los Angeles, USA: Approximately 5 to 6 hours
- New York, USA: About 8 hours (usually with a stopover)
- Tokyo, Japan: Approximately 7 to 8 hours
- London, UK: About 9 to 11 hours (usually with a stopover)
- Chicago, USA: Around 6 hours (usually with a stopover)
- Frankfurt, Germany: Approximately 9 to 10 hours (usually with a stopover)
- Sydney, Australia: About 14 to 16 hours (usually with a stopover)
These are estimated times and actual flight durations may vary based on the specific route, stopovers, and other factors. Direct flights might not be available from all locations, necessitating connections through major U.S. or international hubs.