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Air Cargo Summit Brings Groups Together for Shipping Discussions

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) - Representatives from 18 air cargo carriers, shippers and state officials met in Anchorage today to discuss the opportunities for shipping cargo thru the Alaska International Airports System (AIAS).

The special regulatory cargo transfer provisions available at Ted Stevens Anchorage International and Fairbanks International airports provide unique opportunities for cargo shipment to Alaska and then on to domestic and international destinations.

While these regulations can be complex, they provide unique business opportunities. Additionally, Alaska's geographic location makes air cargo shipment here economical - air freighters can carry more freight and less fuel.

The message Jeffry Shane, international air transportation expert and consultant to the airport system, gave to conference participants is "Start with a plan that works for you, your partners and your customers. Design that plan to meet your commercial/business objectives; then come to the AIAS and we will work to make your business plan function within Alaska's unique cargo handling provisions."

Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell both addressed the summit participants. Gov. Parnell spoke of Alaska's openness for business.

"We remain focused on improving the quality of infrastructure and service for all air cargo carriers," Gov. Parnell said. "In the last decade, the State of Alaska invested over three quarters of a billion dollars in bolstering both of its international airports. Not only do we strive to have the busiest international airports, but every day we work to have the best and the friendliest airports to air cargo operators."

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