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Federal Funds to Replace ANC’s Oldest Jetway

Jul 19, 2022 | News, Transportation

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Gate B9 at the tip of the hexagon in the B Concourse at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) has the oldest passenger boarding bridge in the South Terminal. Many of the parts for it are obsolete, which makes it challenging to repair. Thus, ol’ B9 is being put out to pasture.

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The airport recently received a $2,432,000 federal grant through the Infrastructure Improvement and Jobs Act to replace the jetway.

“This upgrade provides a distinct safety and operational enhancement to airport operations,” says Craig Campbell, ANC Interim Airport Manager. He says a malfunction in the jetway reduces the number of gates available, resulting in potential longer waits for passengers.

The older model also does not have certain automated features, bumpers, and motion alarms that help keep ground handlers and equipment safe. A new jetway with modern features can reduce the risk of damage to planes and infrastructure. Additionally, the new bridge will be more suitable to extreme weather conditions.

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As for the old B9 gate, airport management says it can potentially be stored and reinstalled at a different location of ANC that is not as regularly utilized as the B Concourse.

ANC plans on putting the project out to bid this fall for construction in summer 2023.

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