With expanding commercial air service from the continental states, Alaska is more accessible than ever. Anchorage is Alaska's main transportation hub and offers the greatest selection of flights both within Alaska and across lower 48 destinations. Because of this, most Alaska vacation packages start in Anchorage. It is also the primary airport serving Alaska cruise passengers either beginning or ending their trips in Seward or Whittier.
The primary airlines flying to Anchorage are Alaska Airlines, Delta, United, American, and Sun Country (summer only). International airlines include Air Canada, Condor, and Icelandair. Direct flights are available from Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Some of these direct connections may be operated only during the summer. There are no direct flights to Alaska from the east coast.
Although flights into Anchorage are more frequent and typically more affordable, both Fairbanks and Juneau have international airports. There are daily flights into Fairbanks, but not nearly as many compared to Anchorage. Most airlines that fly into Anchorage fly into Fairbanks during the summer. There are nonstop flights from Seattle to Fairbanks, but most flights to Fairbanks include at least one layover.
If your travel plans include Southeast Alaska and you're not on a cruise, you will probably fly into Juneau. The airport in Juneau does not see as many commercial flights as Anchorage or Fairbanks. Of the major airlines, only Alaska Airlines, Delta, and American fly into Juneau. The only nonstop flights come from Seattle.
Since so many Alaska communities are not connected to the road system, small regional air carriers serve an important role in Alaska transportation. These include Raven, Alaska Seaplanes, and Penn Air.